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Reiach & Hall unveil Lanarkshire health centre trio

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October 24 2013

Reiach & Hall unveil Lanarkshire health centre trio
Reiach & Hall Architects have unveiled a trio of health centres for NHS Lanarkshire to add to their growing portfolio of health project s currently underway; including Maggies Lanarkshire and Ardrossan Medical Centre.

Situated in East Kilbride, Wishaw and Kilsyth each new building will incorporate a GP surgery and community healthcare facilities. Wishaw, the largest of the three, will also incorporate a library, housing office and council service desk.

A spokesperson for the practice said: “Each building has a significant rooflit central atrium, appropriate to the size of the facility, and a calming aesthetic based around plaster, timber and wall tiles.

“Considerable effort has been expended on achieving maximum short and long term flexibility. For instance the issue of fluctuating practice size in a multi practice centre is resolved by treating circulation as shared space and employing a closed plan, allowing the boundaries between practices to shift over time. Allied to this a square 14.7m2 room has been designed which can cater for 23 different briefed room types. With no (or only minor) alteration, each room can have its use altered as requirements change.”

All three buildings are being procured via the Scottish  Futures Trust’s Hub process.
A 'calming aesthetic' of plaster and timber is employed for the interior spaces, as here at Wishaw
A 'calming aesthetic' of plaster and timber is employed for the interior spaces, as here at Wishaw
A cross-section of Reiach & Hall's Wishaw building
A cross-section of Reiach & Hall's Wishaw building

Construction work on all three centres, including EK (pictured), will commence in January for completion by mid-2015
Construction work on all three centres, including EK (pictured), will commence in January for completion by mid-2015
large central atriums, as here at East Kilbride, will flood each interior with light
large central atriums, as here at East Kilbride, will flood each interior with light

Wishaw Health Centre will be shared with North Lanarkshire Council
Wishaw Health Centre will be shared with North Lanarkshire Council

3 Comments

"El"
#1 Posted by "El" on 25 Oct 2013 at 14:33 PM
Good attempt for a student project?
I feel the scale of the atrium is too big, simply put, a massive waste of space and money.
Just my opinion, I'm sure others will disagree
Neil
#2 Posted by Neil on 25 Oct 2013 at 20:17 PM
Being pretty familiar with two of the sites I find it laughable that you would critique this development as a massive waste of money and space? Have you been to East Kilbride and used the facilities that exist on this site? If you had, you would know that the Hunter Health Centre is currently akin to a rabbit hole, a shocking assemble of portocabins with no value for architecture and space. The development in East Kilbride, and I suspect Kilsyth and Wishaw, will serve to be extremely valuable and beneficial developments for these communities.
"EL"
#3 Posted by "EL" on 30 Oct 2013 at 12:57 PM
Neil, I know EK very well.
I'm not saying that a new health centre is a waste of money. My point is that for a publicly funded project, a massive atrium is not exactly value for tax payers money.
I'm a big advocate of light and bright spaces but having seen the plans etc at the hunter health centre I felt a bit let down. Its not the best use of space.
As I said; just my opinion.

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