Building Briefs – June 30th

Building instructions – June 30



  • Lochmaben companies come together to support primary school

A roofing manufacturer, contractor and building trader in Lochmaben has joined forces to renew a local primary school despite the Covid pandemic.

Manufacturer of pitched roof tiles Russell roof tiles worked with Lee Glover Roofers, Council of Dumfries and Galloway and Northwest Roofing Supplies to provide a seamless roof covering for Lochmaben Primary School – that is future proof for years to come.

The renovation project started in March 2020 but stopped due to the pandemic. Work resumed in July 2020 and completed in September 2020.

Based on an 11-acre site in Halleaths, Russell Roof Tiles have recently unveiled a £1.7 million investment program for the tile factory.

The company worked closely with Lee Glover Roofing Contractors of Lochmaben to supply more than 13,000 Grampian tiles in Peat Brown.

  • Bridge of Allan Co-op Approved

Plans for a new Bridge of Allan Co-op store have been unanimously approved by Stirling Council’s planning board.

The retailer is to demolish the existing building on the corner of Keir Street and Fountain Road and replace it with a new two-storey building, flush with the adjacent Fountain Road buildings.

The panel unanimously approved the application and added a condition that details of the ground levels would be clarified. Planners said an advisory note requiring the applicant to contact adjacent neighbors to ascertain the condition of the wall could also be confirmed.

  • Coveted Railway Heritage Award unveiled at Ballater Old Royal Station

A coveted railway heritage award was unveiled earlier this week at Ballater Old Royal Station.

The B-list station – formerly used by the royal family who traveled by train to their home at nearby Balmoral Castle – was destroyed by fire in May 2015 and meticulously rebuilt and restored by Council of Aberdeenshire before reopening in August 2018.

In December 2019, the municipality received the prestigious South Eastern Commercial Restoration Award from HRH The Princess Royal, but the Covid pandemic delayed a formal unveiling of the memorial plaque.

Judges who visited the station in the summer of 2019 said the £4.2 million reconstruction of the building was “most commendable” and emphasized the council’s determination to have the works completed to a high standard.

The jury called the renovation of the royal waiting room – now used as a private dining room – a “jewel in the crown” and an “astonishing display of craftsmanship” that could easily have earned its own entry for an award.

After the devastating fire that swept through the building in May 2015, officers quickly moved to restore the structure, working with partners including Scotland Historic Area and the Royal House.

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