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Week 24 on the Broomhill Horticultural and Training Centre and Community Centre


18th January 2017

As you can see the project continues to gather momentum with walls and roofs on in week 24.



View to the side of the Community Centre and looking to Cafe and Offices.

View to side of Community centre and courtyard



26 OCTOBER 2016


We are delighted with progress so far on the 12th week of the 41 week project. The foundations are out the ground and concrete has been poured so we can see the footprint of the buildings now.

Building 1: Community Centre, Cafe and Training Facility

Building 2: Bothy and Store Room



2 September 2016
























Construction company CCG have commenced construction works on our trading subsidiary In-work Ltd's new £2.1m Horticultural Training & Community Centre in Mearns Street, Greenock


This state of the art facility is expected to be open by June 2017 and will play a central part in the dynamic regeneration of the Broomhill area. It will offer local residents a new community hall, coffee shop, training & meeting rooms together with new dedicated office space for Inverclyde Association for Mental Health’s trading subsidiary “In-work Enterprises Ltd”. Building 2 will house the horticultural services and in time, Phase 2 will see the project expand with the addition of outdoor space for planting and green houses on the adjacent Blaes pitch site.


Margaret Tait, CEO of Inverclyde Association of Mental Health, said: “All of this would not have been possible without the vision and financial investment from The Big Lottery, Inverclyde Council, Scottish Government and our own organisation Inverclyde Association for Mental Health. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support, commitment and perseverance in getting us to this stage and look forward to this time next year when we will have a facility that we can all be proud of.”


It is the Inverclyde Association of Mental Health’s aspiration that through their social enterprise principles they will be able to deliver positive health, social, educational, training and employment outcomes. Their aim is that with time it will be recognised that partnerships between the public, third sector and local communities is an effective model of delivering community regeneration and participation.


Inverclyde Council’s vice convener for regeneration, Councillor Jim Clocherty, said: “This is an important milestone in delivering this new community centre, but also in the wider regeneration of Broomhill. By working in partnership with, in particular, The Inverclyde Association of Mental Health, this exciting project will deliver an innovative and exciting facility for our area.”


Derek Gall, CCG Projects Manager added: “The Horticultural Training & Community Centre is an important project for the community of Greenock and one in which CCG will approach with our trademark care and efficiency. We are proud to be working with Inverclyde Association of Mental Health and are confident that, upon its completion, this bespoke facility will contribute greatly to the wider regeneration aspirations of Inverclyde Council and beyond.”


Planning Permission Granted for In Work Horticultural Training Centre and Community Centre


June 2016


Our Social Enterprise which is wholly owned by IAMH has been granted planning permission from Inverclyde Council's Regeneration and Planning Department for the new Horticultural Training Centre and Community Centre at Mearns Street. The Planning Notice can be viewes on Inverclyde's planning portal


This is a partnership project with financial support from Inverclyde Council, the SG Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) and The Big Lottery. The contractors, CCG (Scotland) Ltd expect to start securing the site in mid July with the project expected to be completed by June 2017. The Design team include:


Inch Designer and Architecture


Armour Construction Consultants


Design ID


Atelier Ten




We are grateful to all our design and legal team and our partners for all their hard work on our behalf and we are looking forward to seeing the project starting!





National Regeneration Funding for Broomhill Horticultural Training and Community Facility


1 December 2014


IAMH was one of two Inverclyde projects to have been successful in securing national regeneration funds totaling over £1m. The new Horticultural Training and Community Facility in Broomhill is a community initiative that has been supported and facilitated by Inverclyde Council and has received indicative award of £397,308 from Scottish Regeneration Funding. Riverside Inverclyde’s project to deliver an enterprise workspace at the Custom House building is set to receive £649,332.


The Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, developed in partnership with COSLA and local authorities has an annual budget of £25m to provide financial support to projects that will help to deliver large-scale improvements to deprived areas. It focuses on projects that engage and involve local communities and those that can demonstrate the ability to deliver sustainable regeneration outcomes.

The building will comprise of a training space, meeting space, hall area, cafe and office space. It will also house Inverclyde Association for Mental Health to support them in delivering an extended range of employment training opportunities for people with mental health issues.


The centre will be acting as a community based anchor facility that will complement the housing and environmental regeneration of Broomhill. The project will also support the development of In Work Horticultural Service as a major social enterprise in the area.


Inverclyde’s Environment and Regeneration Convener, Councillor Michael McCormick, said: “This is welcome news that two Inverclyde regeneration projects will receive funding of over £1m. Making sure that we get access to national funds to promote worthwhile local projects are critical roles in our long term regeneration plans. The delivery of these projects will help to deliver physical regeneration, create jobs and secure existing jobs in the area.



Big Lottery Funding Announcement


8 January


We are delighted to announce that Inverclyde Association for Mental Health's, “In Work Transitional programme” has been awarded £999,358 from the Big Lottery to create a new horticultural training and community facility from which it will develop the employability support it provides for people with mental health issues. The organisation currently delivers its services from two different locations which are some distance apart. Today’s award will mean they will be able to buy and refurbish the vacant site in Broomhill where the new facility will be based.


Approval Given for Mearns Street, Broomhill Proposal


November 2014


Inverclyde Council has granted planning approval (subject to conditions) for the Horticultural Training and Community Facility in Broomhill, to provide facilities and activities to promote and enhance wider regeneration and community cohesion.


The Horticultural Training and Community Facility is expected to create seven new jobs, support six existing jobs and house Inverclyde Association for Mental Health. IAMH are hopeful that their various funding applications will be successful and building work can begin in the summer of 2015.


Karen Knox and Anne Wingate of Inverclyde Association for Mental Health with Provost Robert Moran



























19 November 2015



Our support team were delighted to be awarded the Health & Care Award at the Annual Inverclyde Community Awards 2015 at an event held at the Beacon Arts Centre on Tuesday 18th November. The annual initiative recognises and rewards the achievements of the area’s third sector communities and its volunteers.


rThe Award is given to a a group or organisation that has contributed to a healthier Inverclyde or provides care services. General Manager Karen Knox said, "It's great to be recognised for the work that we do. It is a terrific achievement and a boost to staff morale that will help us work even harder to improve the lives of individuals with mental health issues in Inverclyde".


The awards initiative is organised by CVS Inverclyde, which represents the area's third sector, in partnership with Trust Volunteering Inverclyde. Winners were announced by Provost Robert Moran, with CVS Inverclyde Chair, Ann Walsh, presenting the award

For a further information and a list of all nominees and winners visit the CVS website.



New Mearns Steet, Broomhill Proposal


Monday, 11 August 2014


Inverclyde Association for Mental Health (IAMH) have applied for permission to build a horticultural training and community centre to be built on land stretching from Mearns Street to Nile Street taking in the site of the disused Mearns Centre -- which would be demolished -- and the blaes gravel pitch between Nile Street, Dempster Street and Trafalgar Street.


The project involves the development of a new horticulture training and community facility that comprises of a range of training space; meeting space; hall area; cafe; and office space. It will also include the development of a new demonstration garden within a courtyard environment and growing area.


The site also incorporates a disused, overgrown aqueduct, formerly part of the Eastern Line of Falls, which is currently redirected further south at Drumfrochar Road. The plan is for this section to be re-opened to allow natural movement of water through the site.


The project is conceived as a series of streets -- existing and new -- which divide the site into three distinctive areas: The Walled Garden, The ‘Green Route’ with ornamental gardens and IAMH growing gardens and demonstration areas.


There would be a garden area on the roof of the building with paths and places to sit offering views of the gardens below and the wider landscape. Following consultation, the proposal emerged that there would be value in merging the horticultural training centre and new community facility as a single project.


The application is pending consideration by Inverclyde Council planning department. For further information, pleas follow this link to see the full application at Inverclyde Planning Department


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