Glasgow South West Community Health and Care Partnership today unveiled plans to build a £13.1 million environmentally friendly community facility in the Govan area.
As part of a programme to up-date social work and community health facilities in Glasgow, the building will act as a hub for a comprehensive range of health and social care services geared towards all age ranges. Nursing, social care services, podiatry and physiotherapy, as well as specific services for a range of people living in the community, will be housed within the hub. There will also be provision for community and voluntary organisations.
If the plans are approved, the hub should be the first publicly accessible carbon neutral building in Scotland. It will be built with natural materials such as slate and stone and its design will make it very much a workplace of the future.
Councillor Stephen Curran, chair of the South West Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP), is thrilled at the prospect of such a modern and innovative building providing one roof for so many key community services.
“Once completed this hub will be a fantastic asset to the south west of Glasgow. “It’s an exciting, environmentally sustainable design and it reflects the confidence we have in the possibilities presented by the CHCP.
“Through the CHCP the Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are working hard to improve both health and social care for people in south west Glasgow. By having a ‘one stop shop’ for services, we believe it will be easier for people in the community to lead healthier and better lives in future.”
To be built on a redundant blaes pitch in Craigton Road in Glasgow’s Govan ward, the planned CHCP hub will incorporate a number of sustainable features.
Creative use of landscaping will protect the building from the elements to ensure the internal temperature remains constant during both summer and winter; ventilation will be guaranteed by using the design of the building to create natural airflows; rainwater will be ‘harvested’ and then redirected towards the hub’s sanitation system; aerofoil style roofs will be positioned to maximise available daylight.
Sunk low into the ground, the building is over two levels but will eventually stand at less than twelve metres high to help it fully integrate with its surroundings.
Iona Colvin, Director of the South West Glasgow CHCP, has praised the work of the design team and believes the plan will help to galvinise the local community.
She said: - “These plans present a significant milestone for the CHCP and should also act as a catalyst for regeneration. This will be building the community can be proud of and I have to pay tribute to the vision of the architects.
“But ultimately it is centre for all those who require community care and health support, whether they are older people, children or families. We believe this new hub will be a massive step forward in helping us deliver on our commitment to improving the health and well-being of the people in our community.”
As part of the development, £130,000 will be invested in new, high quality sports facilities within the neighbourhood to replace the outmoded blaes pitch on Craigton Road. This fits with the Council’s overall strategy for provision of sports facilities and an appropriate, alternative site will be chosen in consultation with the local community.
City Building Services have indicated they will employ members of the local community to help with construction of the hub.
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Glasgow South West Community Health and Care Partnership is one of five CHCPs in Glasgow. CHCPs are a partnership between Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. They were established in April 2006 to integrate community health and social work services and help develop better outcomes for service users.
An application for full planning permission has been lodged and, if granted, it is hoped that work on the site will begin in the latter part of 2007 ahead of an intended completion in December 2009.
Once built it is hoped the building will attract a BREEAM rating of excellence. A BREEAM rating is the world’s most widely used rating for environmental assessment.
The Craigton Road hub was designed by Social Work Services Executive Design Management in association with GM+AD Architects, Will Rudd Davidson (Glasgow) Ltd, Civil and Structural Engineers and Faber Maunsell Ltd Environmental Engineers.
For further information contact - Ione Campsie, Glasgow City Council Media Office, 0141 287 0910