The Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company (URC) is looking for an architect-led team for a new £1 million visitor centre within East Glasgow’s Cuningar Loop park
The winner of the £65,000 contract will deliver an ‘affordable, robust and flexible’ building for users of the recently opened 27ha woodland, which has 115,000 visitors every year but only limited facilities.
The project, planned to complete in March 2019, will create a 250m² timber structure featuring a multifunctional gathering space, community kitchen, library, showers and toilets. A community garden and external viewing platform will also be included.
The competition brief explains: ‘With the success of the park in its first year, criticism from visitors and local residents has identified a lack of suitable facilities. This commission seeks to provide a permanent base for information and activities throughout the Cuningar Loop and improve the existing toilet facilities.
‘The Bothy will be a gathering place and tower at the heart of Cuningar Loop bringing together local communities, groups and visitors in a forest building that can be adapted to their needs. The main focus of the Bothy will be The Living Room – a robust space connected to the park and woodland and offering a space for talks, nature and arts events, play and community gathering.’
The Cuningar Loop is the name of a meander on the River Clyde in Dalmarnock, east Glasgow. The loop hosted several reservoirs during the 19th century, but later fell into disuse before being transformed into an £8 million forestry park two years ago.
Nearby landmarks include the Emirates Arena and Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, which are connected to the park by a pedestrian bridge. Existing facilities within the Cuningar Loop include a play area, trim trail and an open-air food stand.
The Bothy and Tur project will upgrade visitor facilities by delivering a flexible building with toilets and a viewing platform. The building and tower will be constructed from timber and largely manufactured off site.
A solar battery power system, grey water recycling and green roof will also be included. A landscape architect and structural engineer will be appointed separately.
The deadline for applications is midday, 13 September.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Clyde Gateway URC
2-16 Orr Street
Tel: +44 1412761573
Fax: +44 1412761578