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Regeneration Award

Winner - Bridges Arts Centre, Glasgow

Commissioning authority: Culture and Leisure Services, Glasgow City Council
Principal designer: Gareth Hoskins Architects
Principal contractor: Kier Scotland

The Bridge Arts Centre is a new learning resource within the Easterhouse area just outside Glasgow. Sited between an existing swimming pool and the John Wheatley College, the building literally bridges the gap with new arts and educational facilities.

The £8.5 million project consists of a theatre auditorium, rehearsal rooms, a recording studio and café plus a new library, learning centre, community room and offices. Clever spatial design has enabled the awkward wedge-shaped site to be used to its maximum potential. The spaces intertwine to enable a free flow between the different areas, promoting a greater sense of community access.

The vast number of local-authority and other stakeholders in the project presented the design and construction team with huge communication challenges to ensure that all were kept engaged and positive throughout the project’s long gestation.

By adopting a form of partnering outside of and distinct from the project contract, the delivery team was able to cut through problems to focus on the needs of the user.


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The award

For a project of any size which has made a significant contribution to the regeneration of an underprivileged area or the creation of new facilities or accommodation which has made exceptional use of brownfield sites. Sponsored by Gifford.

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