Health & Wellbeing

The Buchanan Centre, Coatbridge

Brief

This is the first in a series of community resource buildings throughout Scotland that will accommodate joint ventures between Health Boards and Local Authorities.  These will provide a 'one-stop-shop' for a range of health, social and community facilities.  This new facility, being built by North Lanarkshire Council, in partnership with the Dawn Group, will retain NHS Lanarkshire as its 'anchor tenant'.  The accommodation includes a dental school, community dental services, primary and community care services with facilities for general practitioners.  It also includes a community mental health facility and Council support services providing assistance and advice to the local community.  The building also hosts a public library and registrar’s office.

Response

The design for a three and four-storey building is located in Coatbridge's Main Street pedestrianised zone. The accommodation is arranged around a central atrium, which will bring natural light into the heart of the building and will provide clear wayfinding.  The public square, which has been retained and revitalised with new landscaping and a variety of artworks, links to the ground floor of the new building almost seamlessly connecting “street” activity to the interior spaces. The concept is to create internal spaces that are easily accessible to all members of the community.

Outcome

The centre's location will ensure its integration into the town centre and the community.  It will provide improved access to healthcare via public transport and infrastructure.   The intention is to create a civic building with a strong identity that will both enhance the fabric of the town centre and contribute positively to the wellbeing of the community.  Considerable work has been undertaken to ensure that the design for the landscape immediately adjacent to the new building adds to the feeling of 'community ownership' desired by the Client.  The social and community activity generated by the development will become a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the local area.

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