Highland Cinema Construction

Highland Cinema, Fort William

Highland Cinema, Fort William – Now Open!

3b have now completed work on the new Highland Cinema in Fort William and are happy to see the cinema open, showing films and serving refreshments, providing the community with somewhere to go in ‘dark evenings and rainy days’ as hoped for by owner, Angus McDonald. The Highland Cinema aims to bring the big screen experience back to Lochaber, providing a purpose built cinema, that combines cutting-edge technology with a beautiful traditional style highland building.

The 3b team were keen to be involved with the project, which involved a reinforced waterproof concrete basement dug in to the hillside in Cameron Square in the centre of Fort William High Street. 3b then fabricated and erected three steel portal frames on top of these concrete walls to house the 2 storey cinemas and restaurant. Using our in-house capabilities we were able to offer our client a great value proposition that was then delivered quickly.


3b are back on site at Wildland

3b are back on site at Wildland making good progress on various projects.

Wildland has a 200-year vision of conservation and ecological rehabilitation in the Scottish Highlands.

3b construction are honoured to be working alongside the Wildland team. Projects include the extensive restoration and large scale extension, including basements, of a listed hunting lodge into a state of the art hotel, new staff accommodation building, new recreation building, new office building, new meeting building, new commercial kitchen building, refurbishment and extension of existing cottages in to guest accommodation, new guest house with earthroom, new CHP biomass energy centre, new infrastructure works including a new access and bridge.

3b in partnership with the design team have developed a fully modular off-site solution to deliver these buildings in this remote part of the country. This has enabled us to manufacture the structural elements off site in precast concrete, structural steel and timber then craned in to final position. This has involved over 200 loads of precast concrete components being delivered to the project so far. We have manufactured over 40 loads of structural timber and steel that make up the frames, roof cassettes and walls of the buildings.

We’ll keep you updated on progress.

Gather Bistro

3b are set to begin works on “Gather” this month – the sister project to GG’s yard which was successfully delivered by 3b in 2017.

The new bistro is due to open in the latter half of summer 2020. Adam James of New Space Architecture will work along-side 3b to create a modern building with glass walls to the front which will provide the diners with a stunning sea view across the Solway coast and create a great foodie experience – inviting both locals and visitors.

Project Completed At Coo Palace

3b have successfully delivered the Coo Palace project.

3b have converted the existing listed buildings into new accommodation and constructed new buildings to provide a total of 21 holiday houses, 8 luxury flats and a leisure complex complete with swimming pool.

The project required a Biomass Energy Centre with site wide district heating pipework, a high specification fit out to all areas and an extensive landscaping package to include car parks, paths, play areas and soft landscaping.

Highland Soap Company

Multi-million pound plans to transform the former BA Club in Fort William into a new state-of-the-art soap production plant and visitor centre.

3b have started on site to construct a new factory, visitor centre, shop and café next to the Old Inverlochy Castle.

The Lochaber-based business has shops in Fort William, Spean Bridge, Oban and Pitlochry and expanded its operations further by opening a store in St Andrews earlier this year.

However, company director and co-owner Archie MacDonald, 28, said he wants the new Inverlochy centre to be ‘the cornerstone’ of the Highland Soap Company brand.

The objective is to create a visitor experience along the same lines as a distillery,’ he told the Lochaber Times. ‘So we’re going to have tours of the production areas so visitors can see into our workshops and view the process. We’re also going to have a garden with all the herbs that we grow so people can see what we make the products from. And, as part of the visitor experience, people can even try to make the soap themselves.’

‘We want the whole thing to be high end and attractive so the whole town can get behind it,’ he continued.


Our construction, crane hire and transport divisions have been working together over the last few weeks to deliver and install 64 large pieces of precast concrete, each weighing up to 19 tonnes, on our construction project, near Humbie, Edinburgh. A total of 45 artic loads are being delivered and installed over a 3 week period.

The project consists of 24,000m2 of heavy duty concrete log yard extension, all RC works associated with the construction of a new log sorter including 3 storey control building along with a new dropsorter building, chip bay extension building, HV/LV switchroom buildings etc.

Official Opening of Murray House and Evanthea House

Official Opening of Murray House and Evanthea House by Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

3b construction are proud to have delivered a New £6.1m state-of-the-art dementia unit in Kelso with the Official Opening by Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester taking place on Monday 30th September.

The initial project was to complete an 18-bed state of the art facility situated on land adjacent to Queen’s House carehome, which owns and operates the purpose-built unit. An additional 9-bed unit, Evanthea House was added and this was completed ready for occupation in Spring 2019.

Both Murray House and Evanthea House will be centres of excellence for people living with dementia in the Scottish Borders and will create 60 new jobs for Kelso and the surrounding community.

Highland Cinema Fort William

Highland Cinema in Fort William

3b are making good progress onsite in Fort William.

3b’s teams have completed the reinforced concrete basement walls and steel frames for both cinemas and the café to the front of the complex. Roof and wall cladding is now well underway to all buildings to get us weathertight. Our in-house capabilities have enabled us to reduce the lead time to getting elements of work on site and maintain the fast programme we have set to deliver this project for our Client and the wider community of Fort William.

Fourth Successful Project for Associated British Ports

Fourth Successful Project for Associated British Ports Completed at Ayr Harbour

Ayr Harbour

Client: Associated British Ports
Value: £2.5m
Programme: 36 weeks

We have recently completed our 4th successful project for Associated British Ports with the completion of the construction of a bulk storage warehouse at Ayr Harbour.

3b construction carried out all works with their in-house teams including a full mechanical and electrical package.

Great Progress on Biogas Project

3b construction have been making great progress in the last few weeks on one of the latest construction projects of a large scale biogas development.

3b have deployed our various teams on this project including plant, earthworks and reinforced concrete skills.

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