03
Oct
09

Glenboig Neighbourhood House Life Centre

south east elevation

south east elevation

Glenboig Neighbourhood House, an organisation providing a wide range of community support services, having out-grown its current premises on Glenboig Main Street, started looking at options to refurbish and expand their existing premises or seek alternative solutions.

Following a feasibility study, GCA were employed to develop plans for an identified site on the edge of the village park which was formerly the site of the Starworks brickworks which produced bricks which have been shipped throughout the world.

The form of the building is influenced by the shapes and forms of the industrial buildings that once littered the site. The tower we have provided which defines an external ‘piazza’ at the entrance to the building is derived from the kiln chimneys that were a feature across the skyline of the area for many years and is proposed to be constructed from original Glenboig brick as a lasting tribute to the industry that helped mould the community.

how the site looked in the 1960's

how the site looked in the 1960's

The proposed materials are chosen to help the building sit within the park context. A mixture of timber and copper cladding have been selected which will age and colour naturally over time.

The building will contain a function hall, meeting rooms, community cafe, youth area and recording studio with a focus on creating flexible spaces that can be adapted to a wide range of uses.

model view from south east

model view from south east

Sustainability and environment play a large part in the proposals with a wind turbine, ground source heating and biomass boiler all featuring in the designs.

The proposals have been submitted for full planning permission and various grant applications are being sought.

north east elevation

north east elevation

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