GOREBRIDGE BEACON OF HOPE RE-LIT

The stalled Gorebridge Community Hub project is back on after Elmwood Construction was appointed to finish the £3 million building. The original contractor T&A Kernoghan had their contract terminated a year ago by Gorebridge Community Development Trust, following significant delays in the centre’s construction and the half-built building had sat empty since. However, Elmwood is now hard at work on site and hope to complete construction by spring 2017.

The hub, now called ‘The Gorebridge Beacon’ is funded by Midlothian Council, the Big Lottery and the Scottish Investment Fund. Such facilities are in short supply in Gorebridge and this has been associated with the lack of cohesion across the community. This new building will provide a new hall, café, crèche, childcare facilities, offices and meeting rooms in a single building that sits in its own landscaped grounds adjacent to the local parish church, the leisure centre, library and new primary school.

The new building, clad in locally sourced timber, has a strong sustainable agenda and will provide bright and attractive community space that is sufficiently flexible to permit a wide variety of different uses and is arranged to encourage social interaction. It is hoped that the new building will support and help integrate the activities and accommodation in the other adjacent buildings, forming a critical mass of connected public facilities.

Marmac Services Ltd were introduced to the project at the 11th hour by the former builders T&A Kernoghan after they encountered problems and were let down by other Mechanical & Electrical contractors. These problems may well have contributed to the initial project delays though it quickly became evident that the builders had serious internal problems of their own, eventually leading to their downfall.

After making an immediate impact on the progress of the M&E services and demonstrating their abilities and professionalism to the Client’s team, Marmac found themselves caught in the unenviable position of being one of only a few contractors on site providing high quality installations, but with no main contractor and no viable contractual solution.

Almost a year to the day of leaving site in August 2015, Marmac Services Ltd are delighted to have re-tendered and have now been awarded the contract from Elmwood to provide the Integrated Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing services installations including Contractor Design Portions, retaining our position on this landmark project.