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gm+ad aims for BREEAM rating with community centre

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June 25 2007

gm+ad architects has submitted plans for a £13.1 million, environmentally friendly community hub to be built in the Govan area of Glasgow.

The centre will provide nursing, social and health care services for the local community, with £130,000 to be invested in new neighbourhood sporting facilities.

The building, known as the Craigton Road hub, was designed in association with the Social Work Services Executive Design Management team and is hoped to become Scotland’s first carbon-neutral building, possibly attracting a BREEAM rating of environmental excellence.

The centre will be built using natural materials such as stone and slate and positioned as if sunk into the ground, standing less than 12m high over two levels, in order to blend in with local surroundings.

Councillor Stephen Curran, chair of the South West Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP), said: “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.”

If plans are approved, work will begin on site late 2007 with completion expected in December 2009.

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