Kinning Park Complex community centre is looking for an architect for a major overhaul of its home in Glasgow’s Southside
The winner of the estimated £27,600 contract will draw up three separate options for redeveloping the Govan multi-use centre, valued at £600,000, £1 million and £1.4 million respectively.
The project will restore the former school building on Cromwell Street, overlooking Plantation Park next to the busy M8 motorway, and upgrade its internal spaces. A team led by local practice Collective Architecture completed a condition survey and feasibility study for the project three years ago.
In its brief, the organisation says it requires proposals at the three different budgets ‘to inform its decision on what levels of grant and fundraising effort will be required to complete their planned renovation.
‘This will then permit its application for grants to be prepared. Each option should be clear about what can be provided for the following budget levels.’
The Kinning Park Complex occupies the former science block of Lambhill Secondary School, which was transformed into a community centre in 1976. The deteriorating 1910 red sandstone landmark features two large halls, a kitchen area and 14 studio spaces.
The building was briefly threatened with closure in 1996, but reopened following a lengthy ‘sit-in’ occupation by local residents. Since 2009 the facility has been managed by the Kinning Park Complex Community Interest Company.
Today the complex has around 15,000 visitors a year and hosts a range of sports classes, children’s dance events, a bicycle workshop, gardening group, a community kitchen, recovery café and affordable workspaces.
The latest project will restore the decaying building’s exterior and roof while also replacing its services and delivering new flexible lighting and storage across its internal spaces. A consistent style and branding will also be required along with a sustainability strategy and improvements to the kitchen, communal areas and entrances.
The winning team will prepare a RIBA Stage 2 concept design to support a bid for Big Lottery funding. If successful, the architect will then take the project forward to completion.
The deadline for applications is midday, 1 September.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Kinning Park Complex
43 Cornwall Street
Tel: +44 1414190329