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Kier to deliver £7.9m Cumbernauld community hub

December 19 2014

Kier to deliver £7.9m Cumbernauld community hub
Kier has been appointed by Hub South West to deliver a £7.9m community centre in Cumbernauld on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council.

Moving on site in January the build will replace the existing Muirfield Community Centre with a purpose built building for community groups and small business.

Managing director of Kier Construction's Scotland and north-east England, Brian McQuade said: "Kier is delighted to be working with hub South West and North Lanarkshire Council to develop a new and exciting purpose-built community and business hub which will benefit thousands of people in Cumbernauld and the surrounding areas.

“The mix of community, business and play area will appeal to all sectors of the community – and will provide a vibrant social nucleus in the town centre. The development will generate a boost to the local economy by providing employment opportunities for local construction businesses and apprentices during the construction.”

The 7,000sq/m building has been designed by Collective Architecture.


#1 Posted by James on 21 Dec 2014 at 13:15 PM
What's it called? Schinkel, Herzog and de Meuron and Chipperfield. I'd just like to know how this aesthetic was arrived at.
Big Chantelle
#2 Posted by Big Chantelle on 22 Dec 2014 at 09:53 AM
@James above in #1

"I'd just like to know how this aesthetic was arrived at."

Well James, the aesthetic was arrived at the way that the concrete modernist brigade always arrives at things: namely, before a single design is drawn up, there has to be a general contempt for style, local environment and general good taste.And anything remotely traditional or classical. Then the concrete modernist brigade plonk down a few random shapes, apply some white render or brick if they're being all posh and add a zinc roof usually for added flourish. And this is done no matter where and what they're building. And to justify it, they'll merely say "it's unapologetically modern' which translates to "we cannae design with thought and feeling thus are reduced to making boxy shape buildings and adding some claptrap about how edgy they are to convince people they're good".

Hope that answers your question.
#3 Posted by james on 22 Dec 2014 at 10:39 AM
thank you for your response BC. However, I suspect that you may have a slightly different axe to grind than mine, which is more of the 'is this an authentic piece of work and does it have any integrity, or is it just a fashion parade? type query that is really sincerely addressed to the authors of the work.
#4 Posted by john on 22 Dec 2014 at 14:19 PM
"And anything remotely traditional or classical". Care to explain the relevance of classical design on Cumbernauld Community Hub? Maybe it should be decorated with offerings to the Gods? Or perhaps expand on what your idea of traditional might look like here?
Its not the best or worst building design I've ever seen, but if your going to criticise it then do it with a clear and relevant point. Any strength your points may hold disappear in bitter rambling. Cheer up - its nearly Christmas.

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