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Janet Cameron
Friday 27 Nov 2009

Project selected for publication in North West's Best New Building Guide 2010

The extension to Elderpark Clinic, a new build development providing services to the Greater Pollok and Elderpark Older People’s Community Mental Health Team’s (CMHT’s) incorporating additional enhancements to Govan Health Centre campus, has been selected for publication in North West's Best New Building Guide 2010

The brief to provide a new building with high quality accommodation, fit for purpose and adaptable for future expansion, was challenged by a narrow and confined site, restricted by the existing Govan Health Centre, Elderpark Clinic and two neighbouring properties.

The new three storey extension is a steel framed construction with timber frame infill panels and a rendered masonry external skin. The building features polished masonry blockwork, large areas of curtain walling, glazed roof light and an external terrace. Long structural spans were designed to allow for future flexibility and adaptability of the internal spaces.

A new welcoming glazed entrance leads to a double height waiting / reception area with feature roof glazing providing a link to the two existing buildings on the health centre campus, Elderpark Clinic built in the 1920’s and Govan Health Centre built in the 1960’s as a CLASP structure.

The ground floor accommodation of patient clinical accommodation comprises interview rooms, treatment rooms, assessment kitchen and a craft/training room. The craft room enjoys direct access to a sensory garden at the rear of the building, providing a calming landscaped outdoor space for patient therapy. The design of the garden reflects its historic past as a former playground for a children’s nursery on the site and is linked with Elderpark opposite via a history board.

The upper two floors provide administration offices and meeting / seminar rooms for CMHT staff.

The building was completed in July 2009.

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