‘Discreet’ modernisation eliminates barriers at Pleasance community venue
May 17 2018improved access and new facilities to help further the work of Greyfriars Kirk in eliminating barriers to involvement.
Greyfriars Charteris Centre occupies a former church on the corner of the Pleasance and Brown Street and now directly connected to the neighbouring St Ninian’s Centre. Located within the Southside conservation area it suffers from a design and layout which hinders its activities.
To that end Konishi Gaffney Architects have been brought on board to address current constraints, bringing a ‘light-touch’ solution which emphasises ‘materials, simple details and practical solutions such as improved access, circulation, services and lighting.
This approach is led by a new physical connection between both wings of accommodation to form a new main entrance, enlarging a nave window to street level and formation of ramped access off Brown Street. Internally a new stair is proposed which would double as a flexible social space, opening up the basement for productive use.
Explaining their ‘discreet’ approach the architects wrote: “The infill building between the church and the St Ninian’s Centre offices is a tall narrow and vertically proportioned (10m tall by 3.6m wide). We’re proposing a positive and architecturally strong element between the two buildings. We see this as distinct and materially different from the existing buildings but something that can still link between the two.”
This infill will be finished in limestone with judicious use of vertical timber fins to enliven the facade.
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