Sustainable Civic Architecture / Urban Building
Over the past century the Barra’s urban realm has been eroded, resulting in many unwelcoming vacant plots and insular low-rise suburban developments. A decline of local identity has accompanied the physical erosion, as the streetscape has decayed and important spaces for community interaction have been lost. Careful restoration of the historic urban block will act as a driver for re-energising Calton’s urban realm and creating long-term social sustainability.
In Glasgow, the rate of sports participation is 6% below the Scottish average and the participation of social groups D/E is less than half that of A/B (Sports Scotland). In Calton, 34.9% of the population is social group D/E, 24.6% are income deprived and 50.8% are single parent households (Understanding Glasgow). The careful introduction of sports and arts facilities that are missing in the community will help to achieve long-term social sustainability for Calton, encouraging local engagement through permeable and welcoming civic architecture.
Underpinning this ambition, the architectural expression is derived from the wider civic architecture of Glasgow, stitching the proposal into the wider civic fabric of the city. Whilst the building has a legible civic character, its unique expression is a refinement of traditional civic architecture, utilising informal materials such as weathered steel and corrugated metal cladding in order to dismantle the formal and unapproachable character of traditional civic architecture.