Our vision is to be a “modern, ambitious council creating a fairer future with all.” To achieve this vision it was clear that action was required in Barrhead to bring about more positive futures for the people who live there. We realised that the old sports centre was tired and in desperate need of an upgrade; and that by combining individual budgets for a new library and business centre as well as the existing sports budget, we would be able to collaborate to create the desired multi-use facility for the whole community.
To achieve our vision we established a number of social and business related objectives:
• Make it a multi-purpose facility that complements existing public services and delivers multiple benefits to the town centre;
• Introduce a range of employability and business support partners to provide a focused service for clients;
• Stimulate investment in the privately owned shopping parade;
• Complete the ambitious physical transformation of the town centre, delivering a high quality design building to create a strong sense of place
In order to encourage different services to come together and collaborate (as they would need to when the new facility opened) we brought in an external consultant to facilitate a number of ‘Brainjuice’ creativity workshops. Representatives from across the Council participated in this process which has helped us to create a calendar of events for the facility.
The sports facilities were refurbished to upgrade the main games hall and also enclose the former stage area to create an additional space. Work has been done to upgrade the changing areas and install new fitness equipment. Barrhead Library has moved from a temporary location to the Foundry where it will build on the success of our Giffnock Library in creating a cutting-edge library and learning space for the community.
The range of council and partner services all under one roof means that service delivery will become more efficient and customer service will become more effective and responsive.