Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects’ (GM+AD) award-winning Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) scheme has been scrapped by Glasgow City Council.
The £13.8 million development – which won the Royal Scottish Academy Gold Medal for design earlier this year – won the all-clear from the planning committee in November.
But on 12 December, the council’s executive committee pulled the plug as part of an authority-wide clampdown on spending.
A dejected Alan Dunlop told the AJ the decision was a ‘hell of a blow’, adding that he thought the publicly funded scheme was recession-proof.
‘We thought because it was a public building it would be protected from the downturn. We’ve been working on it for over two years and we were all ready to go,’ said Dunlop.
‘We think it’s a brilliant project that would change the way social services are delivered in Glasgow.’
A recent budget forecast stated the council is cutting spending by £50 million over the next two years and highlighted concerns over CHCP overspending.
Councillor Elaine McDougall, executive member for social work, said they were ‘disappointed’ but that the council had to ‘act responsibly in the current economic climate’.
‘These are difficult and uncertain times and Glasgow is not immune. There are significant pressures on our budgets and, like everyone else, we have to do more with less,’ she said.
The scheme, on Glasgow’s Craigton Road, was to be the practice’s second public building, the first being Hazelwood School.