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Ravenscraig builders go green

DEVELOPERS building houses on the former Ravenscraig steelworks site will
have to comply with the most eco-friendly guidelines anywhere in Scotland.

More than 3500 homes will be built on the 1100-acre North Lanarkshire site,
formerly one of the most polluted industrial areas in the country.

But the company behind the regeneration of the site, near Motherwell, is insisting
all the homes have a high "green" rating.

Ravenscraig Ltd says it's the first company in Scotland to insist on such rigorous
environmental standards.

Developers will be asked to:

● Provide facilities to recycle or compost at least 25% of household waste - rising to 35% by 2010

● Install combined heat and power boilers, preferably fuelled by renewable energy sources

● Provide on-site renewable energy-generation facilities capable of reducing carbon emissions by at least 10%

● Install water-saving devices in every house; Provide rainwater collecting facilities in gardens

● Only use timber from the Forest Stewardship Council and temperate sources.

Jim Fitzsimons, director of Ravenscraig Ltd, said: "We're throwing down a challenge
to the housebuilding industry."

James H

New Ravenscraig a step closer

THE developers behind the regeneration of the former Ravenscraig steel
plant site believe they are now close to getting the green light to start on
the scheme.

There were concerns earlier this year that with the rationalisation of
Scottish Enterprise and many of its responsibilities passing to local
authorities, the expertise for handling major strategic projects could be

Not just developers, but senior local authority figures and the former First
Minister, Jack McConnell, who is MSP for the area, have expressed concern
about the time being taken to resolve the issue involving one of Europe's
biggest brownfield projects.

The clean-up of the Ravenscraig site should be followed by up to 12,000
jobs and 3500 new homes over a 20-year period.

Developers of major projects such as Ravenscraig and Irvine Bay in
Ayrshire are pressing for the retention of a core of expertise within
Scottish Enterprise headquarters which would retain an input into
developments that were deemed too big for smaller local authorities to

Jim Fitzsimons, director at Wilson Bowden, one of the developers behind
the Ravenscraig site, is encouraged by the fact that the Scottish Enterprise
restructuring is now very close to completion and that he is to have a
meeting soon with Jim Mather, the Enterprise Minister.

James H

New £70m college campus rises from Ravenscraig site (Evening Times)

THE first building of the new town on the site of the old Ravenscraig steelworks
is gradually taking shape.

Motherwell College's £70million new campus is due to be completed next
spring, with the first intake of students expected in the autumn.

Planners say they want to make the new college as modern as possible to
reflect the fact it is breathing new life into a once vibrant industrial site.

But in a nod to the area's heritage, the college's new halls of residence
will be a cylindrical building resembling the distinctive Ravenscraig cooling

College board chairman Ian Watson said there was huge excitement at
the progress already been made on the site, just off the Motherwell to
Carfin road.

He added: "The new college will have state-of-the-art facilities and
accommodation to meet the needs of education in the 21st century.

"The board has been happy to support the massive commitment to build
this new campus at Ravenscraig and to see the vision take shape."

College principal Hugh Logan said: "It's exciting to see the new campus
progressing so quickly. The main building has a lot of glass, which will
make it bright, attractive and practical.

"While the building work progresses, the staff at the college are also
preparing for the move next year and students are looking forward to the
new learning environment."

Mr Logan said there would be an emphasis on foreign students and the
residential block would also host competitors at the 2011 International
Children's Games, to be held in Lanarkshire.

The new campus will replace the 40-year-old college building at Dalziel

James H

Town development is work of art  (BBC)

A huge red letter 'r' the size of 10 football pitches has been unveiled at the
site of the former Ravenscraig steelworks in Motherwell.

It is part of the ongoing redevelopment of the area and marks where the
new town centre will be built.

The artwork depicts Ravenscraig's corporate logo and can be seen on the
London to Glasgow flight path.

The installation was made from 2,000 tonnes of red aggregate from Cloburn
Quarry in Lanark.

The aggregate will subsequently be used in a later construction phase.

The project is part of an ongoing programme of public art incorporated
into the £1.2bn development, and is aimed at promoting the Ravenscraig

Murray Collins, of Capella Group, which is managing the Ravenscraig project,
said: "The popularity of web-based satellite maps such as Google Earth
has led to the growing phenomena of 'earth art' like the big 'r'."

James H

Work to start on £29m complex as costs soar (Evening Times)

WORK on the delayed £29million sports complex at Ravenscraig will start next
month despite concerns over the cost of shoring up the site.

The long awaited project will see an athletics track, a full-size indoor
football pitch, nine sports halls, a fitness gym and dance studios being
created on the former steelworks.

But detailed site investigations have revealed the land sits on 130ft deep
caverns and a redundant mine shaft.

The extra work will add around £1m to the cost of the centre, which has
already been redesigned because of rising steel costs.

Plans for an outdoor football pitch were scrapped and the size of the
athletics hall was reduced in a bid to drive down the final bill earlier this

Lizanne McMurrich, head of Community Information and Learning at North
Lanarkshire Council, said: "These unforeseen issues were identified after
the £29m budget was set.

"There were basements exceeding 40m in depth which needed to be fully
excavated and backfilled to ensure stability for the works.

"The extent and depth of the basements varied considerably from the
assumptions made.

"No further savings can be incorporated without irrevocably impacting the
function and intentions of the facility."

Council chiefs have agreed to fund the budget over-run and will apply to
sportscotland in a bid to recover part of the additional sum.

Contractor Balfour Beatty is expected to start work at the end of next
month and complete in March 2010.

The Scottish Government, through sportscotland, has contributed £7m to
the project, which is also backed by the council and Ravenscraig Limited.

Backers hope the centre will be used as a training facility for the 2012
Olympic Games in London, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in


James H


Much obliged for this.  I have a few ex Lanarkshire buddies now scattered to the far winds (US and New Zealand) who are very grateful for your updates.

Fly-through Video -

James H
Doog Doog

That picture of the houses looks almost village-like.

So it wont be concrete blocks and roundabouts?

they seem to have thought this one through properly, there was proper consultation about what people actually wanted in a community.

Council to rent affordable homes on Ravenscraig site (BBC)

New homes being built on the former Ravenscraig steelworks site in North
Lanarkshire are to be offered for rent to council tenants.

The local authority has agreed to purchase 18 three and four bedroom properties
from a private developer. Proposals for three further social housing projects in
Clarkston, Cambusnethan and Cumbernauld have also been approved.

Funding from the Scottish government will allow the work to go ahead.

Developer, David Wilson Homes, is building houses at Ravenscraig as part
of the first phase of the £1.2bn regeneration of the 1,100 acre site.

In a unique agreement, North Lanarkshire Council will buy 18 "off-the-shelf"
properties at a cost of about £110,000 per unit.

The Scottish government will provide a £25,000 subsidy towards each house.


James H

Rise of the ’Craig (© Eveing Times)

The multi-million pound transformation of a former steelworks site into a ‘town’
for 10,000 people has taken another huge step forward.

Plans for the £500million second phase to regenerate the former Ravenscraig
steelworks in Motherwell were approved yesterday. Consultants were given
the go-ahead to design the new town centre and second phase of homes.
Ravenscraig closed in 1992 – with the loss of 20,000 jobs – and the steelworks
were later demolished.

The site is now home to the new Motherwell College and next week the impressive
Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility will open its doors. The area will eventually
house 10,000 people, with work on the £200m first batch of 850 homes starting
last March. The second phase, worth £500m, will bring the total number of homes
to 3500 and includes the development of a new town centre.

Ravenscraig Ltd, the company driving forward the rebirth of the site, have global
construction and management consultancy Turner & Townsend as project manager,
while architects Cooper Cromar have been appointed to design the area. The
development team is completed by the URS Corporation, Grontmij, DSSR, Colin
Buchanan, Gleeds, Keppie Design, Muir Smith Evans and Heritage Environmental.

The completed town centre will feature around one million sq ft of retail, leisure,
restaurant and community facilities. It will be served by a new railway station and
a bus interchange and have substantial car parking with access from both the M8
and M74. The project is expected to create 12,000 jobs and attract £1.4bn of private
sector investment over the next 15 to 20 years.

Ravenscraig is one of the most ambitious regeneration projects ever seen in Scotland
and one of the largest in Europe. Jim Fitzsimons, project director at Ravenscraig Ltd,
said: “The appointment of the team of consultants is yet another important milestone
in the regeneration. With everyone now in place, we hope to start design work later
this month.”

Jim McCabe, leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “I am pleased that, despite
these challenging economic times, this vital next step in the regeneration of
Ravenscraig has been taken.”

The £70m Motherwell College campus opened in 2009 and the grand opening of
the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, which cost £32m, takes place next Thursday.
In November 2009, Scottish Enterprise, North Lanarkshire Council and Wilson Bowden
agreed to provide £2m in funding for the preparation of the planning briefs, which
in addition to the town centre, will also look at options for an industrial area and
business park.

The area planning briefs are seen as an essential next step in progressing to the
second phase of the project and will outline the future costs, including the level of
public sector funding required.

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