Doolan Award 2014 - Clydebank East Workshops

Clydebank East Workshops, Glasgow

The winners of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards 2014 were announced on 18 June. The award-winning projects represent some of the very best of current Scottish architecture and each will go forward to the shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, which will be presented on 5 November 2014 at the National Museum of Scotland. The RIAS Doolan Award is supported by the Doolan family and the Scottish Government. Over the coming weeks we will be highlighting each of these projects in our “featured project” section. The seventh of these is: Clydebank East Workshops, Glasgow by Elder & Cannon Architects.

WHY THIS IS GOOD

This workshop terrace of seven high-specification units contributes to the Urban Regeneration Company (URC) Clydebank Re-built’s plans to transform its east area into a vibrant, modern, well-designed business district. Going much further than delivering utilitarian workshops, a distinctive and carefully considered development has been provided. These well-designed workshops enhance its image and reputation as a good place to work, and within the first quarter of operation, 5 of the 7 units were leased, almost all by companies which relocated to Clydebank. Collaboration with the contractor provided 32 site visits for local college students in support of the current construction curriculum.

DESIGN

The workshop design is dominated visually by a sawtooth pattern of gold and black rooflights on top of a metal-clad base and the set-back shutter and pass door arrangements to each unit generate an elegant colonnade frontage to the building. Each workshop unit has been designed to achieve high levels of energy efficiency by passive measures such as increased levels of air tightness standards and high insulation levels, resulting in an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ‘B’ rating.

BACKGROUND

Elder and Cannon developed the masterplan for this new industrial estate in Clydebank and carried out the design and completion of the first phase of workshop units. The Client’s brief required a distinctive contribution to the approach into Clydebank, which the architects clearly have delivered.  hub West Scotland (hWS) endeavours to help local businesses where possible and used a Clydebank-based sub-contractor for the roofing and wall cladding works as well as a local main contractor. 100% of the project was delivered through SMEs. hWS is committed to the delivery of community benefits and to multi-partnership working which leads the way in delivering positive, meaningful projects which contribute to real community-focused change for an area. A catalyst to support economic and physical regeneration, the workshops are already igniting business growth.

Photographs © Cadzow Pelosi

Image compilation - External views of Clydebank East workshops