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Olympian Effort on £12.5m Sports Facility Project

17th February 2017

Last week saw the successful completion of the final phase of Farrans’ new sporting facilities project in Banff and Macduff, Aberdeenshire.


The £12.5 million contract consisted of extensive new leisure facilities for the twin towns of Banff and Macduff, which are situated some 50 miles from Aberdeen.


The logistics of working in such a remote location was just one of numerous challenges which Farrans overcame in delivering the state-of-the-art sports facilities – which have already been dubbed the ‘home ground’ for local Scottish Junior Football Association club, Deveronside F.C.


Farrans commenced work on the Design & Build project for Aberdeenshire Council back in Summer 2015. Works included construction of 2 separate multi-use community buildings with an included playgroup, conference suite, meeting rooms, fitness suite and dance studio.


Farrans was also responsible for constructing top-class all-weather and grass pitches, tennis courts, a running track and a 1km cycle track around the main Banff site.


When it came to the challenge of working in such close proximity to a live school, Farrans relied on a meticulously-planned programme with multiple phases and sectional completions across the three different sites.


Cathal Montague, Contracts Manager, congratulated the Farrans team on carrying out the demolition, refurbishment, extension and new-build works with such efficiency, in spite of the challenges, describing the completed project as “fantastic”.


“It is a credit to the team,” he said. “They stuck at the task and completed it together.”


Project Manager, Jim McNally, also praised the new sporting facilities at Banff and Macduff as “second to none”.


“We have delivered a state of the art facility that has been eagerly awaited and will be widely used,” Jim said.


“Hopefully in years to come we will get a few Commonwealth or even Olympic Games participants from the area,” he added.


There is certainly plenty for up-and-coming athletes to choose from, with the facilities now catering for everything from football, hockey, rugby and athletics to squash, cricket, gymnastics and archery.


And as the project team finished up last week, it seemed that despite the vast array of sporting options on offer, it was ballet whcih really piqued their interest. 


Two triumphs on the Farrans front, then – a job well done and a few site guys with a new hobby.