June 25, 2022


A SCOTS engineering company has landed a contract for the very last piece of vacant land at a Renfrew procuring centre.

Dougall Baillie Associates (DBA), the East Kilbride-based impartial consulting engineer, has landed a full structural style and design deal on a housing progress on the last piece of vacant land at Renfrew’s massive Braehead Shopping Centre.

Functioning with Bellway Properties, the organization will provide style and design providers at Laymoor Avenue, Braehead for a variety of flats, terraced, semi-detached and detached properties.

Whilst DBA’s hottest contract acquire is probable to be its very last residential parcel to be designed at Braehead, it completes a chain of association with Braehead which stretches back again for additional than 25 many years.

A view of Braehead from the road.
The contract is for the last plot of vacant land in Braehead Procuring Centre. (C) Fergus Adams

DBA Managing Director Fergus Adams claimed that the 40-personnel company was “instrumental” in unlocking entry to the progress in the nineties.

He stated: “DBA founder Willard Dougall was asked to appear up with engineering options when Funds Purchasing Centres, the original developer, was struggling with the dilemma of how to get visitors from the M8 motorway into the automobile parks for the retail place.

“He formulated the radical strategy of applying an existing railway underpass as a street route, which entailed using in situ bridges and re-aligning railway sidings to thread the motorway off-ramp by way of the bridges from the M8 motorway to the centre.

“Willard negotiated the needed departures from standard with Transportation Scotland and secured the approvals.

“It created two details of entry from the motorway network and broke the logjam for the advancement, permitting it expand into the centre we now know.

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“His highway is nevertheless how consumers and leisure website visitors make their way into Braehead currently.”

The motorway and street operates concerned at that time amounted to some £20m of infrastructure functions.

Two years immediately after Braehead opened in 1999, IKEA was constructed and DBA was associated in upgrades to the highway networks to accommodate the supplemental site visitors flows.

5 several years afterwards, the Xsite shopping, cinema and ski and snowboard centre was designed, making much more infrastructure problems and upgrades for the road network.

After that, a retail park was produced to the east of the buying centre and various household parcels begun to arise to the west of the centre, on King’s Inch Highway.

DBA was intently associated in the essential infrastructure design for this ongoing advancement.

“We have contributed a whole lot to the Renfrewshire area over the program of the yrs,” claimed Mr Adams.

“Our most the latest contracts with Bellway are now underway. In lots of methods it is the past piece of the Braehead jigsaw.”

DBA has expanded from its West Central Scotland base of functions to gain function all over Scotland, specially with substantial housebuilders and Housing Associations.

In the past yr, it has offered services for schemes with values of up to £200m, including approximately 2,000 new homes to the housing inventory.