NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Woodside Health Centre
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Doncaster Street, Glasgow
Internal Floor Area
The re-introduction of the Glaswegian gusset site building typology.
Understanding the geometry of the street and block layouts is important as they profoundly influence the organisational and architectural response of the new building.
Glasgow is a city characterised by its historic pre -1900 adherence to built form up against the street edge. This typology predominantly followed a grid form of roughly rectangular blocks with special corners usually the best and most prominent parts of the block. A special type of block evolved at the confluence of these geometries forming more complex shapes of block as at Maryhill Cross, with irregular prow and wedge shaped corners.
The building typology that met this situation became known as ‘gushet blocks’ where the alignments of converging streets were mastered by various articulating devices, bay windows, canted ends and drums.
A number of distinctive corners historically existed on the Maryhill and Garscube Road corridors including work by Greek Thomson. It is these historical precedents that suggest that following the triangular geometry for the new Woodside Health Centre building is an appropriate urban response.
The new centre
The purpose of the Woodside Health Centre (HC) project is much more than to simply replace the existing 1970’s facilities that no longer meet the needs of the local community in terms of the delivery of high quality health and social care services. Woodside HC is regarded by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as an opportunity to enable and facilitate fundamental change in the way in which health is delivered to the people of Woodside and those from surrounding areas that will access the health and care centre. The underlying NHSGCC aim for the project is to reshape services from a patient’s point of view.
The new centre will provide an important platform in expanding clinical services in the community by supporting the integration of health and social care services. Replacing the existing centre in Barr Street, the new Woodside centre at Doncaster Street will host services such as GP surgeries, dental services, physiotherapy, older people day services, district nursing, and the older people’s team.
Approach to interiors
The building is organised over 3 floors around an atrium space to the north and an external courtyard space to the south. This forms an ‘A’ shaped plan.
The main public circulation is through the atrium space at ground floor and to the upper floors via an access stair and lifts, situated in the atrium. At the first floor the public circulation is around the edge of the atrium.
Lower Ground Floor – This is the level of the GCC Day Care Centre, which is organised around a garden courtyard.
Ground Floor – This is the public level, containing the community services reception and the community services accommodate. Also the dental practice and pharmacy are at this level.
First Floor – This is the semi- public level as it contains the GP consulting rooms, grouped around the glazed atrium space.
Second Floor – This is the private staff area, containing the agile working floor of open plan staff offices and the staff cafe.
The proposed Woodside Health Centre relocation can be seen as part of the continuing renewal of the Maryhill corridor.
In broad terms that regeneration has seen the revitalisation of Maryhill Cross itself and extending south from it Maryhill Road and Garscube Road, the former predominantly with new housing of various scales on either side of the road and to a lesser cohesive extent in the latter with a variety of workspace, workshop and housing. Transverse street linkages between these two streets has benefited from that housing renewal programme.
The proposed site for the centre is fronted by aspects of that regeneration, housing on the line of Maryhill Road to the west and to the south on Hinshaw Street with workshop and office accommodation to the east on Garscube Road.
The Health Centre will occupy a smaller urban triangle within the bigger triangle defined by Maryhill Road and Garscube Road, specifically bounded by:
- the main Garscube Road which extends from Maryhill Cross,
- Doncaster Street which extends south from the junction with Garscube Road,
- and Hinshaw Street which bridges east west, the two streets.
The buildings on this smaller triangle have been recently demolished in anticipation of this new development.
Associated with this project the land to the west comprising the adjacent Doncaster Street School has been earmarked for health centre parking with a plot allocated at the end of Hinshaw Street for a specialist and separate care facility.