A happy New Year for Central Buchan

Kevin O'Brien and John Pascoe at the site of the proposed Sports and Community Hub.
Kevin O'Brien and John Pascoe at the site of the proposed Sports and Community Hub.

The plan for a multi-use sports and community centre in Mintlaw has come one step closer to becoming a reality, following the announcement that funding for the project has been guaranteed.

The news came following a meeting of Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources committee last week, in which £200,000 of funding was made available to secure the project.

The first stage of obtaining a building warrant for the project will begin next week when an application is made to Aberdeenshire Council. Work on the project is then expected to begin in January 2013, with the facility being completed by the end of next year.

Commenting, architect Kevin O’Brien said: “This is going to be a multi-purpose space for community use. The building will include the potential for indoor sports, soft play and a multi-gym.

“There is also a lot of design going on in terms of softening the design inside the new building.

“I am very pleased to be involved with this. It’s a fantastic community-orientated project.”

John Pascoe, who is the quantity surveyor and client liaison for the project, commented: “We are looking to build something locals can be proud of. We want to promote quality design and a desirable, multi-purpose space.

“The focal point will be a cafe area, and the rooms will lead off that.

“We are also working alongside Mintlaw Academy so that we dovetail with the facilities that already exist nearby. The design includes car and bus parking as well as cycle spaces.

“Work is expected to begin in January and be completed by the end of 2013.

“I’ve been involved with the project for the past seven or eight years and it is great to see it coming to fruition.”