Letham residents get first glimpse of plans for new Community Hub

Letham residents will have the chance to see proposed designs for their new £2.85m Community Hub this month.

Work is progressing on the proposed refurbishment of the Letham Recreation Centre, and an expert design team has now been appointed to come up with ideas on how the new facility will look.

The successful bidder for the design contract was McLaren Murdoch and Hamilton, an award-winning Scottish architectural firm with offices in Perth and Edinburgh. They have been working on ideas put forward by local people at workshops and community engagement events held in February and March this year.

The architects are now ready to display some initial sketches they have developed and get some feedback from local people.

To allow as many people see these and give their opinions the design sketches will be on display in the reception area of the Recreation Centre through May. There will also be a number of drop-in sessions for the community to give feedback. These will be held in the mini Community Hub based in the building.

The dates and time of the workshops are:

  • Saturday 20thand 27th May and 3rd of June between 10.30am- 12.30pm  
  • Tuesday 16th and 23rd  and 30th of May, between 5pm-7pm
  • Thursday  18th and 25th May and Tuesday 6th of June  between 5pm-7pm

A full community consultation on the final plans will be held throughout June/July 2017, with dates being announced in the near future.

Letham residents have been working closely with the Council and its partners to come up with the innovative plan for the building on Tweedsmuir Road. The new facility will give people easy access to a wide range of services including childcare provision, NHS drop-in clinics, health and social care, adult learning, bereavement care, therapies, parenting services, IT training and Perth and Kinross Credit Union. It will also offer meeting rooms and spaces for community events, as well as a dedicated gym space and flexible three court sports hall.

A bid for top-up funding from the Scottish Government Regeneration Fund was not successful, but that won't hold up the plans as £2.85m to carry out the project has been made available by Perth & Kinross Council.

The whole project is being driven by the Community Hub Project Team, a group of local people who have helped secure funding and transformed the former Housing Office attached to the Recreation Centre into a temporary mini Community Hub.

The team was nominated in the recent Council's Securing the Future Awards, and won Gold in the Working with Communities Category.

Chairperson Maggie Brown said "We were absolutely shocked and delighted to receive this award. It is great to see Letham in the spotlight.

"I hope as many local people will come in and see the design sketches for the new Community Hub, and tell us what they think. We want the building to reflect what the people of Letham want and need.  This is our chance to create something very special for Letham."

Live Active Leisure and Perth & Kinross Council have been working together to ensure local community groups will be temporarily relocated in the local area while the refurbishment work is carried out. Live Active Leisure is also arranging alternative venues for its classes and individual customers.