3b are Proud Sponsors of Newton Stewart RFC

28th January 2022 –

3b are Proud Sponsors of Newton Stewart RFC

Stuart & Iain Barr have had a long and positive association with Newton Stewart Rugby Club with their business 3b Construction, they recently spoke to Rugby Club Magazine about their friendship with the club, “Some years ago we were approached by the club regarding potential sponsorship. Being both ex-players and rugby fans we were very impressed by the dedication of those involved at the club and felt we would like to help them a bit further than they asked and decided to finance a mini bus.

Since then, we have been regular attenders at Bladnoch Park and have enjoyed following their success over many years. As rugby club’s go Newton Stewart are a relatively new one, formed only in 1984, and one of the few clubs throughout Scotland, UK and possibly worldwide who have never tasted relegation.”

Stuart’s son Harry is a current U16’s player and Will his younger son is involved in the youth rugby set up at the club. Iain & Stuart continued, ”Youth rugby is so important for the future of any club, it’s vital that you have a conveyor belt of players coming through. Players get older and legs get tired, we can both testify to that, and with a first XV squad of only 24 players investment in youth development is essential. The service club members provide to their local community, including girls and ladies rugby, is second to none and is quite inspiring. The brand of expansive rugby the club are always trying to play is great to watch and has served them well while competing in a very tough league this season. Ourselves and all our staff at 3b Construction would like to congratulate everyone at Newton Stewart Rugby club on being recognised for their outstanding contribution to local rugby, and well deserved; wishing them all the very best of continued success for many more years to come!”

3b mobilise teams to Cork, Ireland

12th July 2021 –

3b mobilise teams to Cork, Ireland

3b are mobilising teams to Glennon Brothers headquarters in Cork, Ireland to deliver several projects and continue our working partnership.

This will be the third sawmill site we have worked on for Glennon Brothers. Works include new structural steel buildings, cladding works, mezzanine decks, fire protection works, 24,000 hours of sawmill machine installation, extensive on-site fabrication works, three storey office block, carpark, substations, various earthworks, landscaping, yard and SUDS upgrades.

3b’s residential team have a healthy pipeline of high end residential projects to deliver

2nd June 2021 –

3b’s residential team have a healthy pipeline of high end residential projects to deliver

3b are pleased to be sitting with a healthy £15m pipeline of one off, high-end, residential projects to deliver. These projects range from new build contemporary modern designs to the refurbishment and extension of listed properties.

All of these builds incorporate the latest in renewable energy heat sources, high air tightness, low heat loss, smart electrics and lighting, cinemas, house wide audio visual, steam rooms, saunas, swimming pools, gyms, basement construction, hard and soft landscaping, garden rooms and much more.

Our teams bring years of experience and a ‘can do attitude’ to every project. Our teams work collaboratively with our clients design teams to achieve the best possible outcomes on every project.

Contact us if you are planning a build.

Isle of Harris Distillers

2nd June 2021 –

Isle of Harris Distillers has a planned expansion into Asia and the US as well as moves to boost its presence in European markets and Canada.

As well as pursuing growth of exports of its award-winning Isle of Harris gin, the youthful distillery at Tarbert plans to invest in an additional 4 warehouses to mature its single malt Scotch whisky.

3b will be returning to the island to commence construction in July.

Design: Design and Build
Timescale: Completion 2022

3b start the earthworks on a new Energy Centre

20th May 2021 –

Our earthworks team are busy making use of the sunshine excavating out the side of a hillside for the construction of a new Energy Centre.

This £5m investment in a state of the art renewable energy facility will provide a sustainable solution to heating a multitude of buildings, including a hotel, through its lifespan via a network of district heating pipes. Buried into the hillside it will also be completely recessive in the landscape it sits in when completed.

The facility has been designed around our DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) strategy utilising, offsite manufactured, precast concrete components for the main structural elements. We will also assemble Mechanical and Electrical equipment off site and lift it in to final positions to reduce on site interfaces, testing and commissioning.

Designers: GRAS Architects and David Narro Associates
Timescale: Due for completion 2022

3b excited to be returning to Land Energy

19th May 2021 –

3b began construction this week on a new briquette production facility at Land Energy.

This new facility will expand Land Energy’s wood fuel offering to the market. The team at 3b are excited to be involved and will be working hard to add this facility to a list of successfully completed projects for the Land Energy team.

Design: Design and Build
Timescale: Late 2021

Whithorn 'pilgrims' set for accommodation upgrade by the 3b team

18th May 2021 –

Walkers on a 143-mile "pilgrimage" route from Glasgow to southern Scotland are set for an accommodation upgrade.

A £2.6m funding package has been completed to transform Whithorn’s former New Town Hall into a community hub and bunkhouse with 3b starting on site this month.

Its 16 beds will mainly be used by travellers on the Whithorn Way which visits a range of religious sites.

Julia Muir Watt of All Roads Lead to Whithorn said it was hoped it could help revive the town.

“I think we are just aiming to create a complete change in the direction that Whithorn has been headed which, for several hundred years, you could say has been downward,” she said.

“This is to create that social and economic change, it is a trigger for other investors.”

The town hall redevelopment will be completed by autumn next year and will include a gym and sports facilities and a learning hub as well as the accommodation.

It is hoped that it can attract people to stop off on their way along the Whithorn Way. The route starts at Glasgow Cathedral before heading to other religious sites including Paisley Abbey, Glenluce Abbey and Whithorn Priory. It continues on past Whithorn and passes St Ninian’s Cave and St Ninian’s Chapel before ending near the harbourside village of Isle of Whithorn.

Designers: ARPL
Timescale: Due for completion in 2022

New Marine Workshop Building for Stornoway Port Authority

13th May 2021

New Marine Workshop Building for Stornoway Port Authority

3b Construction secured £2.5m worth of contracts to build a new marine engineering workshop for the Stornoway Port Authority.

The project is part of a wider £12m investment in its Newton Basin and Goat Island development with 3b. A large subcontract package was secured by local company Breedon Hebrides. The project will provide two covered boat repair bays within the new engineering building, one of which will be available on a long-term lease, and the other on a short-term basis. It aims to let local businesses create skilled jobs and further utilise the port’s facilities. Both the commercial and marine leisure markets will be serviced by this building and the facilities at Goat Island.

The development will also see the construction of an external wash-down area for vessels using the new boat hoist. The existing slipway will continue to serve larger vessels unable to use the boat lift, while a new public slipway will accommodate vessels too small to use the boat lift.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise has provided £3.5m, while £2.75m comes from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Scottish Government, via the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

Construction works are now underway with completion of the wash-down expected late summer and the marine engineering building starting in the second quarter of 2022.

Stornoway Port Authority chief executive Alex MacLeod said: “Partnering with the correct contractors is critical to ensure the successful delivery of the Newton Basin/Goat Island development, so we are delighted to be working alongside 3b Construction and Breedon Hebrides – two vastly experienced businesses with a track record of success.”

Community Wealth Building Minister Tom Arthur added: “The ongoing programme of regeneration in Stornoway is seeing the revitalisation of the harbour and town centre with the establishment of a new commercial corridor, bringing about new opportunities for local business and employment in this important location in the Outer Hebrides.

“Investing in our communities will ensure every part of Scotland recovers from the pandemic, helping build an economy for everyone.”

Designers: Arch Henderson
Timescale: The marine engineering workshop is due for completion in 2022

Gather Bistro, Laggan

7th December 2020

Gather Bistro, Laggan – Now Open!

3b have now completed work on the new “Gather” Bistro at Laggan and have handed the project over well ahead of the proposed completion date. The bistro was the sister project to GG’s yard which was successfully delivered by 3b in 2017.

The new bistro is now open, and offers a place where friends and family can get together to enjoy good food, company and views. The 3b team developed the original client concepts to a finished detailed design, installed by our own tradespeople, to create a modern building with glass walls to the front which provides diners with a stunning sea view across the Solway coast, creating a great foodie experience – inviting both locals and visitors.

Highland Cinema Construction

Highland Cinema, Fort William

25th September 2020

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.