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Shields Centre Picks Up Prestigious Architecture Award

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Shields Health and Care Centre in Pollokshields was a joint winner in the ‘Health’ category of the prestigious Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards.

The other winner was Maggie’s Lanarkshire in Airdrie.

David Walker, Head of Locality (South), Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “I am delighted that the Shields Centre has won an RIAS award in the Health category.  Everyone on the project team, including all of our staff worked incredibly hard to deliver this fantastic facility which not only provides high quality services from a single, accessible space but it also supported local training and employment opportunities via its' community benefits programme. 

“We are grateful to have had a high level of local support throughout the process and look forward to it becoming an integral part of the East Pollokshields community.”

The Shields Centre brings together primary care, community and social work services and is an excellent example of joint working between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow City Council Social Work Services and other key partners. 

The project has been delivered by hub West Scotland, an organisation working with Health Boards across the West of Scotland to deliver capital projects. 

The building was designed by architects Anderson Bell and Christie and the primary contractor was CBC.

The heart of the £2.7 million Centre is the public reception where visitors are welcomed into a light, bright atrium. The waiting area looks out on to a community garden, and floor to ceiling windows give a view of the sky providing a calming and comfortable environment.  The waiting area cannot be viewed from the street due to cleverly designed window screening.

The building has disabled access throughout and particular attention has been paid to ensuring that it is as environmentally sustainable as possible.

The Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is the body representing architects north of the border and its annual award winners are carefully selected by a panel of judges. They each visit  shortlisted building, making a special effort to speak to building users including patients and staff.

The Shields Centre was one of 24 buildings (out of 65 entries) shortlisted for the awards. With the rest of the winners, it will now be considered for the Doolan Award which aims to find the best building in Scotland. Judging is expected to take place in the late summer and the winner announced later in the year.


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