‘Geology’ theme inspires early HMP Glasgow designs
January 9 2020
Designed by BakerHicks to provide replacement accommodation for the overcrowded Barlinnie jail the proposal of application notice calls for a new facility to be built with capacity for 1,200 adult male offenders.
Based on a ‘geology’ concept the proposed solution sees a circulation ‘artery’ divide the site by function with reception, healthcare and laundry standing as ‘boulders’ with three ‘hands’ of accommodation fanning out to minimise prisoner journeys.
In their application the SPS wrote: “The levels of the site work well with the geology theme with the entry building cascading down the site like seams in a rock and the landscaping reminiscent of a quarry.”
Proposed materials include timber-effect cladding, photo engraved concrete and coloured render panels.