The West Centre

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The West Centre is an award winning child and family centre in Drumchapel, Glasgow. The centre was built to form a ”one stop shop” for medical and social support services for families and children with ongoing medical issues in west Glasgow and the wider area.

The building is a three storey block running parallel to the main road through Drumchapel. Between it and the road is a garden area, and parking is provided at the back. The ground floor contains admin, varied multiuse rooms, and some consulting areas, with the majority of the consulting rooms on the first floor. The second floor is used by admin teams and outreach staff. The building works well as it has a very simple, clear plan, which enables easy movement throughout and all rooms to have views to the surroudings.

One of the key strengths of the project is the dedicated art strategy. The client groups felt very strongly that the art should be integrated not only into the form of the building, but also that the users should able to directly interact with it.

The building holds true to its fundamental aim, to not feel like a health building. It is a building that seems to not take itself very seriously, it is playful and irreverent in places, but it is extremely serious about its role in people’s lives and the community, both as a safe place for children and families, and as a civic building.

“they feel this is a fantastic building and when they have parents coming in and saying, ‘oh wow, this is a fabulous building, we went past it because we couldn’t believe this would be an NHS building’ and I think, that’s when you know and, actually, looking at the reaction of the children, as well, they are happy to come here, even though difficult things might happen to them while they’re here, they’re still happy to come.” Alison Morrison, a clinical lead involved in the project

For more information see the the full case study.


Winner Civic Trust Award 2011; Winner “Special Award for Inclusive Design”, Civic Trust Awards 2011; Winner GIA Award 2010; Winner Scottish Design Awards (Health Buildings); Shortlisted for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2011; Shortlisted for RIBA Awards 2011
Client: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Text adapted from information published by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

For further details of the project download the full case study via the link in the resources section to the right.



About this development

Project The West Centre
Location Drumchapel, Glasgow
Client Body NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Delivery Team Anderson, Bell and Christie
Value £3,990,000
Procurement Type Traditional
Development Types Children’s and young people’s services, Integrated services, Primary care, Diagnostics and treatment, Outpatient care
SCIM Design Statement The West Centre (PDF)
Project Summary The West Centre (PDF)
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