S4M-04696: Carnegie Leisure Centre Wins Saltire Award for Civil Engineering

That the Parliament congratulates Carnegie Leisure Centre in Dunfermline on earning what is considered a prestigious 2012 Saltire Award for Civil Engineering; understands that the businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie presented the Edwardian leisure centre to the people of Dunfermline in 1905 and therefore considers it to be of historical importance to Fife; notes that the centre reopened in December 2011 following refurbishment and that the original period features were retained while structural issues were overcome and the entire centre was modernised for the needs of today’s visitors, and considers that the leisure centre has proved a resounding success since its re-launch with, it understands, around 1,000 visitors every evening.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Nigel Don, Kevin Stewart, Sandra White, Colin Beattie, Colin Keir, Richard Lyle, Gil Paterson

Date Lodged: 05/11/2012

Carnegie Leisure Centre Wins Saltire Engineering Award

Local MSP Bill Walker has welcomed news that Dunfermline’s refurbished Carnegie Leisure Centre has won a coveted 2012 Saltire Award for Civil Engineering.

Mr Walker, who is also a chartered engineer, said: “The Saltire Society makes annual commendations in recognition of engineering excellence in Scotland, and I’m really pleased they have acknowledged Carnegie Leisure Centre this year.

“The Leisure Centre is an important building historically, presented to the Dunfermline community in 1905 by Andrew Carnegie. During the refurbishment, the engineers, architects and builders managed to preserve the original Edwardian features, while turning the Leisure Centre into a modern, state-of-the-art facility fit for the needs of today’s visitors. The refurbishment has proved a resounding success, with our local newspaper, the Dunfermline Press, recently reporting that an average of a thousand visitors flock to the centre every evening. Read more of this post

Season’s Greetings

As 2011 draws to a close, I wish to extend my best Christmas and New Year wishes to everyone.
My thoughts, at this time of year, go out to those for whom the festive period is a challenging time, particularly the elderly and the infirm, our Armed Forces and their families, and others who cannot be with their loved ones. Read more of this post

Carnegie Leisure Centre

Another eagerly awaited facility has now opened, the refurbished Carnegie Leisure Centre. I enjoyed a sneak preview prior to the doors opening last Saturday.  The facility is like a Tardis, seemingly larger on the inside. It boasts state-of-the-art equipment, but I am pleased to say it preserves the original Edwardian features of 1905, when Andrew Carnegie, our great local philanthropist, presented it to the community. Read more of this post