Allander steps up with translucent civic hub
March 11 2020
Holmes Miller and LDA Design are aiding the delivery of a new leisure and adult resource centre at Allander under the direction of East Dunbartonshire Council.
Juggling the need to provide a sports facility alongside a care environment for people with learning challenges the civic hub has been conceived as four principle elements namely a sports drome; dry sports hall, pool and adult resource centre all stacked in ascending order in an L-plan.
Each component has been arranged as a ‘cascade’ of layered masses to disguise the bulk of the main halls from view on arrival.
Planning documents filed with the local authority explain: “… the massing blocks are arranged such that they step up sequentially so the largest mass is positioned to the northeast corner - this visually limits the apparent scale of the building.
“The L-shaped footprint places the building towards the rear of the site, giving the civic elevation (south) prominence.”
A translucent polycarbonate lightbox will summit the stepped profile, denoting the games hall beneath, slotting alongside a light-tensile roof structure which will emit a soft diffuse light at night.
Overlapping glazing will maintain a consistency of approach with a mixed palette of timber, glass, aluminium, rubber and cork employed internally, dominated by a generous triple-height atrium lined with timber cladding along the ceiling and eastern wall to manage acoustics.