When Procast grab the headlines, the rest of the country takes notice – and that’s exactly what happened when word started spreading about the company’s “Park Life” project.
Mainstream and other media organisations piled in shortly after the firm announced they had won a £750,000 contract to transform a disused gate house into a vital community hub.
Camera crews descended on Cowan Park in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, to capture the local vibe and to document importance of the programme of works to give the building a new lease of life as home to a cafe, workshop, meeting space, office, kitchen, bike hire point and public toilets.
The project – which will see the building stripped back to its original shell – will also include the creation of new car parking spaces and the installation of charging points for electric cars and bikes.
Organisations that picked up on the good-news angle and the unarguable community benefit included the Barrhead News, Daily Record, Glasgow Times, East Renfrewshire Council and more.
Procast, whose in-house teams and specialist contractors will mastermind the project, will hand over in the autumn to clients East Renfrewshire Council, who pumped in funding via their capital allocation and through the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.
The council will lease the building and land to social enterprise Include Me 2 Club, who submitted detailed proposals on how they would manage the lodge as a community hub.