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Drumchapel child and family centre

A new child and family centre in Drumchapel, the first of its kind in Scotland, is celebrating winning a top design award.

The West Centre has picked up the Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award (Healthcare), and was also recently short listed for the highly prestigious Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland - Doolan Award.

The Centre is managed by the Glasgow Community Health Partnership (CHP) Children and Young Peoples Specialist Services.

Team leader Allison Morrison said: "The team is delighted that the Centre, within only months of opening, has won one award and been short listed for another. Both awards have a strong emphasis on how the design enhances the function of the building. Our staff and service users already know how excellent the facility is, but it is also greatly appreciated to have recognition from other influential organisations."

NHSGGC chairman Andrew Robertson added: "As a Board we are gathering a reputation for commissioning award winning buildings and I am particularly pleased that a centre for families and children has been recognised as one of the best designed health facilities in Scotland."

West Centre was officially opened last month by Brian Simmers, chairman of Yorkhill Children's Foundation.

Around £6 million has been invested in the development of the centre, which for the first time offers a "one stop shop" combination of services for families with disabled children, not only in West Glasgow, but also covering parts of East and West Dunbartonshire as well, serving a population of around a quarter of a million. The majority of the funding has come from the Scottish Government, with the rest from West Glasgow CHCP and funding channelled through Glasgow Community Planning Partnership. There has also been a substantial grant from the Yorkhill Children's Foundation to take the centre from what would have been excellence to exceptional.