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July 31 2018

West Dunbartonshire Council settles into flagship HQ

West Dunbartonshire Council has completed the migration of 500 staff to a £15.4m town centre headquarters carved out of Dumbarton’s A-listed former Burgh Hall and Academy Building.

In addition to providing a new public service hub the project has been enthusiastically embraced as a means to jumpstart regeneration in the town by abandoning a dilapidated office complex on the outskirts of town, bringing staff closer to the public they serve in the process.

Created by Keppie Design with Hub West Scotland and LendLease the project sought to provide a flexible and collaborative working environment spread across 4,908sq/m over three levels, all arranged around a social atrium space.

Euan Tyson, project manager for West Dunbartonshire Council said: “Staff and members of the community have been extremely positive about the completion of 16 Church Street, the excellent new workspace promotes our flexible working ethos, whilst the conservation works to the Grade A listed façade has brought a significant historical Dumbarton landmark back to life, with a civic building to be proud of.”

In an effort to boost town centre trade an on-site canteen was purposefully omitted from the design, encouraging staff out onto the High Street.

A cloistered courtyard fronts external landscaping
A cloistered courtyard fronts external landscaping
All photography by Jim Stephenson
All photography by Jim Stephenson

Historic Environment Scotland stumped up a £500k facade preservation grant
Historic Environment Scotland stumped up a £500k facade preservation grant
The atrium doubles as an informal workspace while supplying natural light and ventilation
The atrium doubles as an informal workspace while supplying natural light and ventilation

The project brief called for a 'frugal, efficient and sustainable' head office
The project brief called for a 'frugal, efficient and sustainable' head office

1 Comment

logo fan
#1 Posted by logo fan on 31 Jul 2018 at 15:01 PM
still can't get over WDC going from having one of the best post-Strathclyde Region council logos to a dire Times-New-Roman-in-different-type-sizes mess a couple of years ago.

Other than that, not a bad project, positive to see someone not relocating to an out of town office park

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