Barmulloch residents centre in step with local community
November 29 2017new community centre following delivery of a flexible activity space suitable for dancing, socializing and delivery of welfare services by Collective Architecture.
Delivered by Barmulloch Community Development Company with financing by the Big Lottery Fund the glulam timber framed build is faced with locally sourced sandstone
Architect Alan Smith wrote: “The design maximises the site constraints within a densely populated residential street whilst retaining the scale, charm and simplicity of the original hall to provide an easily managed centre for the community group.
“The building delivers two main flexible activity spaces separated by a folding partition, contained within an elegant single storey sloping roof. This allows the smaller space to act as a stage for community events by capitalising on internal level changes. Ceiling coffers formed by the structural grid of the glulam beams provide a strong identity for the building whilst also framing generous rooflights intended to reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day. The grid pattern is carried through into BCDC signage and building manifestation to provide continuity of architectural language.
“All spaces are organised around and accessed from a central foyer and waiting area. This overlapping of functions and careful plan arrangement allows a light and generous volume to act as the vibrant heart of an exceptionally efficient floor plan.”
Ten years in the making the £1.5m build was delivered by E|lmwood, Scott Bennett Associates and DMP consulting engineers with photography by Andrew Lee.
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