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Completed: Helensburgh Waterfront Development

This award-winning project is now open to the public.

DB3 were appointed to provide Argyll and Bute Council with design support for a new leisure centre on the Helensburgh Waterfront Development, RIBA Stages 3 to 6.

The ambitious project saw us working in partnership with civil, structural and geotechnical engineers to deliver the complex and technical project. This involved designing and building a new leisure centre featuring a 25 metre main pool with 6 lanes, studio pool with moveable floor, studios and gyms.

The project also includes flood defences and additional environmental improvements. These enhancements to the current site include better lighting, public open spaces and a walkway around the pier, a prominent feature of the town.

Client: Argyll & Bute Council
Location: Helensburgh, Scotland
Value: £22m

About the Project

About the Project

26 November 2021
School Visit

Our DB3 Sports and Leisure team presented the design of the building and their role of the Architect to the children. Contractor Heron Bros as well as the Structural Engineer and QS also presented during the visit.

We were delighted to see that the children were in particularly interested in the sustainable aspects of the building. Although slightly disappointed by the lack of climbing wall, the students were very enthusiastic about the building overall.

A second school visit is taking place on the 3rd of December.

1 September 2021
Drone Footage of work in progress.

Drone experts Formation 3D took some stunning footage of the site showing its current work in progress.
More about F3D here https://www.formation3d.co.uk/

5 August 2021
Helensburgh Waterfront coming along nicely, with Natural stone facade and glass on the externals in place.

Helensburgh Waterfront coming along nicely, with Natural stone facade and glass on the externals in place.

04 May 2021
Glulam frame within the pool hall

Glulam frame within the pool hall looking good and external works are also coming together with some great wee spaces designed by Hirsts. Helensburgh’s getting something a wee bit special... still a long way to go...

19 January 2021
Site Visit

We did a Covid aware visit to the site today and pleased to see good progress despite the difficult circumstances. The views from the first floor fitness suites is stunning. Special development, good team!

7 January 2021
Stricter Covid Guidelines

In their article Argyll and Bute Council confirm that work continues to move forward following the announcement from the Scottish Government that construction sites can remain open under the stricter Covid guidelines.

27 November 2020
Exciting to see the steelwork going up on the Helensburgh Waterfront Development.

Exciting to see the steelwork going up on the Helensburgh Waterfront Development.

29 September 2020
Piling and rick armour works progress

Autumnal feel on site at Helensburgh this morning but it’s good to see the Piling and rick armour works progress on site.

10 August 2020
Preparatory work commences

Preparatory work commences, with the construction site having been set up to be Covid-19 compliant with one way site entrances and exits.

1 July 2020
Q&A with Jon Mawson, Head of DB3 Sport and Leisure

Find out more about the project in this video featuring Jon Mawson, our Head of Sport and Leisure at DB3.

8 June 2020
Design Feedback from Council

Our design for the Helensburgh Waterfront Leisure Centre is coming to life and we are delighted to have received the following feedback from our Argyll and Bute Council

''The quality of service provided by DB3 has been exceptional, and would have no reservations in using DarntonB3 for future projects.''

''The senior management team at DB3 constantly monitor the performance of their team and if there are any issues, perceived or otherwise, then they are quick to engage with the Client to agree appropriate measures are put in place to bring things back on track.''

The assembled team from DB3 Architecture is delighted to be involved in the delivery of this exciting and prestigious project and look forward to working collaboratively with the wider project team in all aspects of project procurement and delivery.

The assembled team from DB3 Architecture is delighted to be involved in the delivery of this exciting and prestigious project and look forward to working collaboratively with the wider project team in all aspects of project procurement and delivery.

Bob Ramage, Senior Associate, DB3 Glasgow

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