On this page we aim to record the progress of the building phase.

The building plan consists of 2 phases that run in parallel: the External Groundworks and the Community Centre Building. The key elements of the plan are as follows:

Target completion date
External Groundworks
site set up/publicity pictures

Tue 10/11/09

herass fence to perimeter

Tue 10/11/09

site signage

Mon 09/11/09

engineer datum points

Tue 10/11/09

temporary access

Fri 13/11/09

site office/welfare unit delivery

Thu 12/11/09

temporary electric supply

Fri 11/12/09

strip site

Fri 13/11/09

cut off drain behind hall

Fri 20/11/09

breakrock hall foot print

Fri 27/11/09

excavate foundations

Fri 04/12/09

foul water service

Fri 18/12/09

water/BT service

 Wed 20/01/10

sewerage package pump

Fri 18/12/09


Wed 03/02/10


Mon 11/01/10


Tue 09/02/10

access road formation

Fri 18/12/09

reduce levels/break rock

Mon 11/01/10

proccess rock

Tue 19/01/10

place+compact rock

 Fri 29/01/10

car parks formation

 Fri 12/02/10

concrete foundations kerbs

 Fri 26/02/10

form open ditches/batters

 Tue 09/03/10


 Thu 11/03/10


 Thu 25/03/10

surface water drainage

 Thu 08/04/10

type 1 road/carpark

 Thu 15/04/10


 Mon 26/04/10


 Wed 05/05/10

path formation

 Wed 12/05/10

heel kerbs

 Wed 19/05/10


 Thu 10/06/10

tar base coarse

 Fri 04/06/10

tar wearing course

 Fri 10/09/10

Community Centre
concrete foundations

 Tue 22/12/09

erect steel frame

 Fri 22/01/10

roof cladding

 Mon 01/02/10

blockwork to FFL

 Wed 03/02/10

rain water goods

 Fri 05/02/10

concrete floor slab

 Fri 12/02/10

fabricate timber frame

 Fri 26/02/10

erect timber frame

 Fri 19/03/10


 Fri 02/04/10


 Fri 07/05/10


 Thu 20/05/10

fabricate internal partitions

 Fri 16/04/10

erect internal partitions

 Fri 07/05/10

electric 1st fix

 Fri 04/06/10

fire alarm 1st fix

 Tue 18/05/10

plumbing first fix

 Fri 11/06/10

joinery 1st fix 34

 Thu 24/06/10


 Fri 04/06/10

gyproc sheeting

 Thu 24/06/10

ames taping

 Fri 16/07/10

painting under coat

 Wed 21/07/10

electric 2nd fix

 Fri 15/10/10

plumbing 2nd fix

 Fri 15/10/10

joinery 2nd fix

 Thu 14/10/10

armitage venesta delivery

 Fri 20/08/10


 Fri 17/09/10

fire alarm 2nd fix

 Wed 15/09/10

floor finishes

 Thu 14/10/10


 Fri 15/10/10

builders clean

 Thu 21/10/10

testing + commissioning

 Fri 29/10/10

disenfecting water service

 Mon 25/10/10


 Tue 09/11/10

Hand-over to client

 Tue 09/11/10

The Company has been formed to benefit the community of Dalmally as defined by the postcode units beginning PA33 and followed by: 1AA, 1AE, 1AH, 1AJ, 1AL, 1AP, 1AQ, 1AR, 1AS, 1AT, 1AU, 1AW, 1AX, 1AZ, 1BA, 1BB, 1BD, 1BE, 1BH, 1BJ, 1BL, 1BP, 1BQ, 1BS, 1BT, 1BU, 1BW and 1BX (“the Community”) with the following objects (“the Objects”):

To promote the benefit of the inhabitants of the Community, without distinction on grounds of race, political, religious, or other opinions, by associating with the local statutory authorities, voluntary organisations and inhabitants in a common effort to advance education and to provide, or assist in providing, facilities for recreation and other leisure-time occupation, following principles of sustainable development and in the interests of social welfare so that their conditions of life may be improved, where “sustainable development” means development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

In furtherance thereof, the Company shall:-

  • (a) develop, manage and maintain Dalmally Community Centre together with all associated sports facilities and/or any other amenities;
  • (b)  ensure that the above facilities are accessible to all members of the community irrespective of age, race, creed or sex;
  • (c)  ensure that it remains accountable to the community of Dalmally and district, that it is democratically run and that all facilities developed hereunder shall best serve the entire community for all time coming.

a  Introduction

The Community Centre project is intended to provide a benefit not only to the village of Dalmally but also to the immediate wider communities of Lochawe village, Bridge of Orchy, Portsonachan and the individual homes throughout the Awe Ward of Argyll and Bute Council (essentially the Parish of Glen Orchy and Innishail). The population of the area is 565, of which 325 (58%) live in Dalmally.

Dalmally is a growing community with several new housing developments planned and underway.   There is a thriving primary school (the roll of which is rising and projected to continue rising), local grocery store, pharmacy, post office and health centre.

The present Dalmally hall was built 96 years ago as a TA drill hall, it is small, has very limited storage areas, and its corrugated iron construction allows for little heat retention.   Its fabric is in poor condition despite several rounds of renovation and regular maintenance. It is often difficult to find funding for this as it is obviously at the end of its useful live.

The area urgently needs a purpose-built facility that can accommodate the full range of the community’s interests and activities.   As Dalmally continues to increase in size and the hall continues to deteriorate with age, the need will increase with time.   It is possible that future regulations regarding the facilities, access and safety of public halls will result in closure.

It is likely that population growth is being restricted by the lack of affordable housing and the perception of poor local services and facilities rather than by lack of employment opportunities.   Crucially important for the sustainable development of the area is the retention and recruitment of young adults and families, and this requires appropriate and flexible indoor community facilities.

Our vision is of a thriving, dynamic, healthy community where the traditions of inclusion of young and elderly are carried forward via access to appropriate cultural, sporting, educational and support services.

b  Public Consultation

The lack of facilities discussed is well known to the community.   In order to test public concern, a public meeting was held in Dalmally in 1998 to discuss the situation.   This was well attended and the meeting determined to set up a steering committee to determine the best course of action.   This committee undertook a public consultation by questionnaire to determine what type of facilities the community wished to see.   The subsequent evolution of this committee into a charitable association and finally in 2002 into a charitable Community Company Limited by Guarantee has been communicated to the public through annual public meetings and via the community council’s newsletter.   The current project has the enthusiastic endorsement of the local community as evidenced by their continued, 100% support of the New Hall “100 Club”.

c  Evidence of Need

Even though it is inadequate for almost all its current users, demand is great, especially though the winter months, with a wide variety of clubs and societies making use of the Hall. A list of active local groups is given in Annex 2. There are no alternatives in Dalmally and the Loch Awe Village Hall has many of the same problems.   Dalmally Hall is currently booked every weekday night during the winter, despite a serious lack of appropriate facilities or suitable degree of comfort. Some activities, such as Badminton which is a staple of most Village Halls, is severely constrained by the low and obstructed ceiling. The Christmas Pantomime has to be run over 3 nights because the Hall cannot cope with the demand, which not only highlights the inadequacy of the facilities, but is clear evidence that the community is fully supportive of community activities and will play its part in securing the long-term future of the Hall through active use.

Diversification of activities is currently restricted both by the availability of the hall, by its size and by its lack of storage facilities – with only a single room, all equipment etc. has to be disassembled immediately after use to enable the facility to be available to the next user, and this restricts certain activities e.g. exhibitions of local antiquities and crafts.

Evidence of need includes:

  1. The present facilities cannot accommodate touring companies such as the Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and National Orchestras touring programmes, which would be well supported by the local community on the evidence of attendances at drama and cultural events that can be staged in the current hall. It is known that 150 people can turn up to see local drama events. Smaller touring companies such as Mull Little Theatre and the Puppet Animation Festival do visit but better premises would give a much better experience for both the performers and the audience.
  2. Some activities known to be popular in village halls, such as Badminton, Indoor Football and Shinty, cannot be held in the current hall which limits the availability of indoor sport throughout the winter in particular.
  3. The current facilities are so limited that weekend dances, which should be a useful supplement to Hall income, rarely break even because the facilities are so unattractive that few people attend.
  4. There is a large potential from hosting wedding receptions and birthday parties in the hall, currently rarely exploited only because of the inadequate facilities.
  5. There are over 15 active local organisations in Dalmally all of whom would use the Hall, or would use the Hall more, if it had suitable facilities and/or space.
  6. In basic Health and Safety, and Hygiene, terms the existing Hall falls far below the minimum acceptable standard and it is only a matter of time before its Public Entertainment Licence is revoked.
  7. The current Hall does not accommodate the Physical Education needs of Dalmally Primary School, whose Head Teacher is fully supportive of the new Hall.
  8. Because of the limitations of the Hall a number of income opportunities are not available, such as Exhibitions and Craft Fairs.


Dalmally Village Hall constructed circa 1910

d  The Solution

We propose the construction of a new community facility in Dalmally to address our existing and future needs.   We have considered the existing needs and estimated those of an increasing population.   We propose 2 consecutive projects: the first will involve the construction of the new Community Centre together with its associated access road and car park.   The second project will involve the construction of a sports field on adjacent land, and changing rooms being built on to the community centre (the plans of the Centre have been made with this in view).

New Community Centre Plans pages show the outline plans for the new building which will better meet the needs of the present and future residents of the Dalmally area. The plan for the Centre has been refined through several iterations.   The local community and representatives from the main user groups have been consulted and their proposals have been incorporated into the plan.   Outline planning consent has been granted. An application for full planning consent is in progress.

Key elements of the new Community Centre will be:

  1. Suitable design including appropriate layout and storage to allow the programme of music and the arts events to be expanded.
  2. Ceiling height which will accommodate Badminton
  3. Appropriate specification which will allow for indoor sports such as Shinty and Football, albeit played to modified rules. This, in particular, will allow for the introduction of the junior, indoor, version of Shinty.
  4. Dedicated Meeting Room for use by local organisations
  5. Suitable Kitchen to support a variety of events
  6. Attractive yet functional décor which will enhance events such as Craft Fairs, Exhibitions and Public Consultations.
  7. A large purpose built furniture storage area and individual storage lockers for the organisations using the centre.

Dalmally and the surrounding area is a vibrant and inclusive community and the new Community Centre will be well supported. An expanded range of activities and events will help secure the long-term sustainability of the Centre.

e  The Site

An area of land to the east of Dalmally village has been identified as the only possible site for a new development.   Several site meetings have been held with local and strategic planners who have indicated that this is an appropriate venue.   The site has been incorporated in the local development plan for this purpose. A full professional geophysical investigation of the site has confirmed its suitability for our purposes.

The site of approximately 2.4 hectares is on gently sloping ground and has sufficient width to contain a full sized sports field, access road, car park and community centre.   In 2002, Dalmally Community Company was successful in gaining a community land fund grant to cover the purchase of the site. The purchase was finalised in July 2003.

During 2002, a long-awaited Health Centre was built by the Health Trust allowing entry to the Site via a common access from the trunk road.   The local pharmacy and post office relocated to a site adjacent to the Health Centre in the spring of 2004. Together with the availability of new building plots, the range of developments thus proposed for this area will offer a significant increase in the profile of Dalmally village with the clustering of all the main facilities.

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Dalmally Community Company is very grateful to the bodies listed below that are funding our new Community Centre

The Big Lottery
Argyll & the Islands LEADER
Climate Challenge Fund
Community Energy Scotland
P.F. Trust
Argyll & Bute Council
Argyll & the Islands Enterprise
The Clothworkers Foundation
Gannochy Trust
Robertson Trust
Garfield Weston trust
Clive Anderson
Hugh Fraser Trust
Cattanach Foundation
The Trust House Foundation
Schuster Trust
Glen Orchy Scouts
The Cruden Foundation
DHD Wills Trust

We have assessed the revenue needed to manage the proposed centre together with the expected demand for its facilities.  A wide variety of potential income-generating uses have been considered particularly with respect to income from outside the area. The centre will be most in demand from locals in the winter months and there is, therefore, likely to be excess capacity in the summer season where facilities can be offered to tourists.   A variety of business opportunities have been discussed including the simple letting of space for sports activities, birthday parties and weddings, and the opening of a Historical/Cultural exhibition and tea room.

The headmaster of Dalmally Primary School has indicated his enthusiasm for this project and is keen for new facilities to be available to provide physical education.   In addition the Principal of Argyll College is keen to explore the potential for using the new centre for the provision of further education.   There have been recent positive contacts with the Argyll and Bute Community Education Unit with a view to their use of the Centre for continuing education.

Dalmally is well situated as a neutral venue for a variety of sporting events each of which has the potential to raise money for the centre.   Together with dances, concerts and other local fundraising events, it is crucial that these extra revenues are maximised in order to keep the centre’s hire charges at a level that will ensure maximal use by the local community.

An important additional source of operating capital will come from the sale of the existing hall site.   The trustees of the existing hall have indicated that when it becomes redundant on the opening of the new centre, selling the existing site and donating the money derived from this sale to the new centre will fulfil the conditions of their Trust.   This is expected to generate between £50,000 and £60,000.

Another opportunity is available in social enterprise contracts with public agencies, and this area will be explored although an initial assessment suggests limited applicability in the case of the Community Centre.

The minimisation of maintenance and heating/lighting costs has been explicit in the design brief.   In particular we have managed to redesign the original plans to include super-insulation in the walls and ceilings and we have opted for both an air to water heat pump and a ventilation heat recovery system. We anticipate that this will keep the hall both warm and dry with the lowest possible running costs.

The Company is confident that the new centre will be sustainable in the long-term.