The West Centre is a new purpose built Centre for Children’s Community Health and Care.
The Centre offers a ‘one stop shop’ combination of services for children, young people and their families who are affected by a wide range of difficulties such as developmental, emotional, behavioural and mental health problems, communication difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Physical Disabilities and Neurological Disabilities.
The Centre supports a whole new way of integrated working for those providing services with social workers, community child health staff, educational psychologists, mental health professionals and more, all having bases within the building and working together.
The Centre also provides services to patients and clients not only from West Glasgow but also East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire. The Centre also features integrated art and design features throughout the building, both inside and out.
The West Centre by Anderson Bell Christie
The integral art and architecture programme was introduced into the final design process, and developed in collaboration between a Lead Artist, Architect and an arts support team drawn from Centre staff.
The final programme was designed to offer an aesthetic logic running throughout the building, respecting and engaging its users. The aim was for a definite sense of uniqueness and place, with a light touch, but rewarding repeated visits with layered meanings and discoveries: more elements to search out and find familiar details to return to.
The artworks tread a delicate path with care and respect, aiming to reconcile a high standard of professionalism with the often conflicting demands of different ages and abilities of children and adults. The outcomes offer a sense of childlike wonder and engagement without ever being patronising or childish.
The artworks programme was made possible with a grant of £250,000 from the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation
The West Centre has picked up the Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award (Healthcare), and was also short listed for the highly prestigious Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland - Doolan Award.
July 2008 - appointment of Lead Artist
November 2008 - start of building work on site
June 2010 - completion of building and artworks programme
Linda Mallett, lead artist and curator
Tassy Thompson, external artworks
Tim Taylor, internal niche artworks
Graven Images, design and graphics
Anderson Bell Christie, architects
Architecture & Design Scotland - Case Study
Atrium Screen by Graven Images
Cloud by Tim Taylor
Fence by Tassy Thompson
Floor niche by Tim Taylor
Flying Saucers by Tim Taylor
Harp by Tim Taylor
Interactive Ship niche by Tim Taylor
Peephole view by Tim Taylor
Reception desk by Tim Taylor
Totem by Tim Taylor