Exactly a year after relocating to their beautiful new Bridgeton home at 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow Women’s Library can now look forward to the construction phase of their planned new renovation, allowing a greater degree of flexibility to accommodate major events such as film screenings, talks and exhibitions. Their efforts extend locally providing a range of support services, including adult literacy classes and one to one learning.
Collective Architecture, along with the design team, have worked closely with the Women’s Library to develop a phased strategy to reform the internal spaces of the existing library, by carrying out refurbishment works. The design strategy involves an informal reading area and open plan mezzanine area within the former Main Reading Room, which rests above a new ground floor cafe/kitchen and informal meeting areas and display/exhibition space. A new archive room and storage area will be provided over two levels at the rear of the gallery, housing the permanent collection and special pieces of display within a secure environment.
Externally, a feature artwork lift shaft will be installed on the gable fronting James Street, whilst providing a contrasting beacon against the existing beautiful sandstone facade. Access between the ground and first floor level has been provided via this feature lift tower, making the building more accessible to the public and wider user groups.
Collective Architecture are looking forward to working with the contractor and the design team as they enter into this eagerly anticipated phase of the programme.
The works will take approximately seven months, due for completion June 2015.
The Reid Building is in complementary contrast to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1909 Glasgow School of Art - forging a symbiotic relation in which each structure heightens the integral qualities of the other.
Collective Architecture’s latest housing development was handed over last month. 716 Argyle Street comprises of 44 flats and 6 houses for Sanctuary Housing Association as part of the 3rd phase of the regeneration of the Anderston area of Glasgow.
The project has been shortlisted for ‘Affordable housing development of the year’ at this year’s Scottish Design Awards, due to be announced at the end of this month.
Collective Architecture has been appointed to design Scotland’s first Creation Centre, which will be in Glasgow’s magnificent former fish market, The Briggait.
It is for Phase 2 of the redevelopment of The Briggait, a Grade A-listed complex in the city’s medieval Merchant City, which is the Wasps HQ and already provides studios, work and rehearsal space for many artists, performers and creative companies.
The £4 million Briggait Creation Centre will give Glasgow its first dedicated public base for dance and Scotland’s first purpose built accessible space for disabled dancers. It is also Scotland’s first home for the rapidly growing physical performance sector – which includes circus, street theatre, flying trapeze and other aerial skills
Jude Barber, Project Director for Collective Architecture, said: “Our practice has great admiration for Wasps, their partners and the work they do. We are familiar with the wonderful Briggait building, which involves many exciting opportunities and challenges. To have the opportunity to develop a major cultural centre within such a splendid historical setting overlooking the River Clyde is incredibly special.
“Our team has only just commenced work on the project, but we are really looking forward to immersing ourselves in the process with the consultant team at Arup. Our practice has all the necessary skills and expertise and this firmly establishes us in the arts and cultural sector.”
Project Architect Ewan Imrie will lead the Briggait team, which includes Arup Scotland, Atelier Ten and New Acoustics, with Collective Architecture Conservation Architect Gerry Hogan.
Collective Architecture’s Michael Dougall has been selected as the new President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects. At 30, Michael will be the youngest ever president, after being a key member of the GIA's Architecture, People and Places Committee for 3 years.