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Hawkhead Centre in Paisley

UK Building Design Project, Scotland design by Page \ Park Architects

19 Mar 2018

Design: Page \ Park Architects

Location: 198 Hawkhead Road, Paisley, PA2 7BS, Scotland

Hawkhead Centre, Scotland

Hawkhead Centre in Paisley

Photos by Keith Hunter

Hawkhead Centre

The Hawkhead Centre is a new activity and support centre for the charity Scottish War Blinded, who provide free support to ex-service men and women who have lost their sight during or after military service. Scottish War Blinded is a sister charity to Royal Blind, Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation.

Hawkhead Centre in Paisley

The Hawkhead Centre has been delivered in tandem with a new Royal Blind 54-room care home on the same site, and is Scottish War Blinded’s flagship facility on the west side of Scotland, building upon the success of their existing facility, the Linburn Centre, in the east.

Hawkhead Centre in Paisley

The centre provides a wide range of facilities to aid the charity in their work, including a sports hall, gymnasium, art room, wood workshop, kitchen skills room, IT skills room and a large dining area which forms the social hub and heart of the building. A significant part of the centre is the connection between the inside of the building and the new sensory garden to which it opens out, complete with planting areas, pergola, potting shed and greenhouse, encircled by existing mature oak, larch, pine and maple trees.

Hawkhead Centre in Paisley

Hawkhead Centre in Paisley

The design of the centre is inspired by the placename ‘Hawkhead’, the area of Paisley in which it is situated. This led to the key design move of envisaging the roof of the centre like a sweeping wing which shelters all of the activity and people below.

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This roof, which is lined in timber, has five large triangular rooflights set within it which provide light and interest to the central dining and gathering area. Every key room in the building has a visual connection to this sweeping roof and to the central gathering area, engendering a feeling of community and connection to a wider whole, even when one is in a smaller, more focussed room.

Hawkhead Centre in Paisley

The particular needs of the visually impaired user group were taken into account as a key part of the design process. The building has a clear, easy to understand floor plan so that visitors can quickly build a mental map of the centre. Lighting was carefully controlled to minimise direct sunlight entering the building, which can be misconstrued as a step or change in material. Natural materials were used to provide the necessary visual contrast between elements, for example black enamel ironmongery on maple doors, with walnut door frames contrasting visually with white painted walls.

Hawkhead Centre in Paisley

The Hawkhead Centre, delivered in tandem with the new care home, has been received warmly by those who are using it now that the centre has opened. It is considered a success by the client, design team, project team and contractor, and is being well received by those for whom it was built – the visually impaired members of Scottish War Blinded.

Hawkhead Centre in Paisley

The project is testament to what can be achieved when engaged, interested and committed professionals come together to brief, design and deliver a building in a spirit of trust, respect and mutual co-operation, for an organisation which is doing essential work to improve people’s lives in this part of Scotland and beyond.

Hawkhead Centre in Paisley

Hawkhead Centre – Building Information

Start on Site: March 2016
Completion: August 2017
Gross Internal Floor Area: Approx 1530 sqm
Form of Contract or Procurement Route: SBCC Standard Building Contract With Quantities, 2011 Editio

Architect: Page \ Park Architects (David Page, Karen Pickering, Jamie Hamilton, Martin Flett)
Landscape Architect: Ian White Associates (Sam Shaw)
Client: Scottish War Blinded (George Notman)
Structural Enhineer: Jacobs (Stuart Farquhar)
M&E Consultant: Atelier Ten (David Cameron)
QS: NBM (Ian Rutherford)
Other Consultants: Sandy Brown Associates (Acoustics)
CDM Coordinator: CDM Scotland (Jim Sneddon)
Main Contractor: CCG Scotland (Graeme Wylie, David McMahon)
CAD Software Used: Revit

Hawkhead Centre in Paisley

Photography: Keith Hunter

Hawkhead Centre in Paisley images / information received 190318

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Earlier information on this Paisley building:

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Location: 198 Hawkhead Road, Paisley, PA2 7BS, Scotland

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