Construction completes £20 million state-of-the-art health and care centre
Morgan Sindall Construction has handed over a new £20 million state-of-the health and care centre in Glasgow city centre.
Located on Garscube Road, Woodside Health & Care Centre has been delivered in partnership with hub West Scotland, a private sector development partner, working with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) Board, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and Glasgow City Council.
Set over three and a half storeys, the 6,730 square metre development is a significant investment in the health and wellbeing of the local community, bringing together multiple clinicians under one roof.
A broad range of services will be provided from the new centre, including: eight GP practices, children’s services, district nursing, health visiting, alcohol and drug recovery services, a day care centre for older people, a dental practice, as well as physiotherapy, podiatry, and sexual health services.
Designed by architectural firm Page\Park, the centre has achieved a BREEAM rating of excellent and features a number of notable design elements which enhance the look and feel.
External cavity walls are formed using a mixture of structural framing system, brickwork and curtain walling. This, along with a glazed central atrium, creates an interior that benefits from natural lighting and ventilation.
The building’s exterior also has a number of precast concrete panels displaying artwork, devised by local surface design studio, Bespoke Atelier.
Consultation with the community informed the striking design of each panel, drawing inspiration from historical architecture in the local area, natural surroundings of the nearby canal, and the culturally-diverse backgrounds of local residents.
The project exceeded its targets for job creation, providing eight new start opportunities for those not employed or in education, along with 10 apprenticeships and one graduate position.
Stuart Parker, managing director of Morgan Sindall Construction in Scotland, said: “As 21st century healthcare advances, we’re witnessing a growing trend of closer and timely multidisciplinary collaboration between clinicians, which is improving treatment outcomes. Patients too are being rightly encouraged to proactively manage their health and wellbeing holistically.
“Both approaches are greatly facilitated by inspiring modern facilities that bring multiple services under one roof. Woodside Health & Care Centre is perfect example of great design applied to a sector that has, at times, put function over form.
“It’s the fifth healthcare project we’ve delivered for hub West Scotland and the finished high-quality result is a credit to all of the partners involved.”
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde chairman, John Brown, said: “I’m delighted to see this new centre open its doors to patients and service users.
“It’s the latest health and care centre being opened in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and again demonstrates our commitment to improving and modernising services.”
Susanne Millar, interim chief officer of Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “As well as transforming the standard of accommodation, this new facility will deliver more integrated health and social care services for the benefit of patients and service users.”
Iain Marley, CEO of hub West Scotland added: “This building is another fantastic example of our collaboration with Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and I am proud that we had the opportunity to lead the development of such high quality facilities.”
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