Church House was born out of the need within Glasgow East End for community facilities to take children off the streets. St Francis in the East has provided this facility to the community for many years however the building housing these facilities was showing signs of decay, resulting in high running costs. Ground adjacent to the main church became available and the new facility was designed to provide a modern, welcoming and flexible facility to the youth of the area.
The project was a partnership between the Church of Scotland, Church House and Clyde Gateway with the design tea, working closely with all parties and the local youth works and associated stakeholders.
The vision was to provide a facility for the youth of the area and to continue the outreach to the community.
The accommodation now comprises: multifunction large hall, media room, smaller multifunction space, kitchen area to allow training and catering, reception, and toilet facilities. There is disabled access to all areas and a warm, friendly, airy and welcoming environment for all.
The work involved the refurbishment of an existing adjacent building and the interconnection with the existing church building by means of new link building. Although one building the Church and Church House are two separate entities and have to operate this way. The design therefore provides some shared facilities like toilets, but generally operates in term of entrances, heating and functionality as different occupancies.
FLN were employed through the Architect for the design of the M&E and civil and structural services from conception to completion and handover of the building.
As part the work FLN incorporated energy efficiency into the design into the building by the use of underfloor heating with high efficiency boiler plant and efficient and sympathetic lighting design.
Construction Cost: £1.5M