Loanhead Centre crowned country’s best community facility
The Loanhead Centre was named Community Development Project of the Year at the Scottish Property Awards last week (Thursday 3 May).
The centre beat off competition from a number of other developments including Bearsden Community Hub in Glasgow, Wick Community Campus and Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries.
Opened last August
The community centre was also shortlisted in the Development of the Year (Public Buildings) category.
Opened last August, The Loanhead Centre incorporates Paradykes Primary School, after school/wrap around care, library, medical centre, early years’ provision and external work. The site also includes the existing leisure centre and part of King George’s Field.
Developed in partnership through Integrated Joint Board
The £15.4 million facility was the first to be developed in partnership with Scottish Futures Trust, Midlothian and NHS Lothian through the Integrated Joint Board.
Councillor Derek Milligan, leader of Midlothian Council and Cabinet Member for Property and Facilities, said:
“It is fantastic to see the centre in Loanhead being recognised on a national stage. The calibre of other finalists at these awards was very high so to be shortlisted for two categories was a great achievement itself, to then be named winner of one is absolutely brilliant – congratulations to everyone involved.
“The facility, developed through successful partnership working, has had a really positive impact on the area and this kind of recognition emphasises that we are leading the way when it comes to delivering first class community services for our residents.”
Awards celebrate country's best new commercial and public properties
Now its fifth year, the Scottish Property Awards has 15 categories covering the depth and breadth of new commercial and public property in Scotland.
This year’s winners were revealed in front of 700 guests at the Hilton in Glasgow.