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McLean Architects detail Airdrie Community Heath Centre

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October 30 2012

McLean Architects detail Airdrie Community Heath Centre
McLean Architects recently completed £13.5m Airdrie Health Centre marries a challenging site with a challenging brief, incorporating a diverse array of services and functions within a singular build adjunct to a congested traffic junction.

The ‘one stop’ shop health/social work resource centre with street facing retail was commissioned by NHS Lanarkshire and incorporates no fewer than nine GP practices and associated care services within the footprint of a 1970s tower block and former bus station.

Asked whether the new centre makes a wider civic statement Don McLean, managing director of McLean Architects, told Urban Realm: “It was always accepted that to insert a building of this type could have major regenerative impact on Airdrie town centre, and to this end the external works package (though ultimately watered-down) was considered important. This is interesting since the 'lane' which was pre-existing, but widened to make more useable and inviting to retailers, is actually privately owned but treated like a public space.  

“Materials selected were to be durable and low in maintenance to satisfy NHS requirements, but also to look established and permanent. The original planning submission utilise a larger palette, including some 'better quality' materials. This was rationalised to the final scheme following input from Architecture & Design Scotland who influenced the more 'monolithic' appearance.”

Exterior photography by Keith Hunter.
A quirky courtyard artwork injects a splash of colour
A quirky courtyard artwork injects a splash of colour
Street facing retail has been incorporated
Street facing retail has been incorporated

1 Comment

I don't believe it!
#1 Posted by I don't believe it! on 16 Jan 2013 at 15:11 PM
just noticed these guys got placed in top 100 firms - UR must be believing firm's press releases over the evidence of their own eyes. What a 'faceless' shocker, and they were told as much http://www.ads.org.uk/designforum/reports/airdrie-community-health-centre-development

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