Possilpark community hub clears planning stage
Planning permission has been granted for the development of a £2.9m community hub in Possilpark.
Possilpark People’s Trust, which completed a community asset transfer for Possilpoint Community Centre and red blaes pitch, can now proceed with the demolition of the existing centre in Denmark Street for the provision of a new community centre and nursery.
The first of three phases include two main multi-purpose community areas contained within a double-storey pitched roof structure. It will be built in front of the current Possilpoint Centre to allow it to operate during construction. Enclosed gardens will be provided to the rear of the building.
Multi-purpose activity spaces, including a climbing wall and fitness suite, plus meeting rooms will then be delivered, followed by an early years facility.
An all-weather floodlit, outdoor multi-purpose games court for basketball, five-a-side football and tennis court is also proposed.
Glasgow City Council approved up to £1.4 million in funding to help develop the community hub earlier this year. Possilpark People’s Trust had already raised £1.575m in funding from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and The Robertson Trust.
The Trust will utilise hub West Scotland as its development partner for the design and construction of the new hub building, which has been designed by Collective Architecture.
Collective Architecture said the design maximises the site constraints within the residential and industrial setting and provides a distinct centre built entirely with CLT panels, which promotes a community programme of activities that can be easily managed by Possilpark People’s Trust. The concept plan of the centre considers the connections of all phases together and individually.
A statement submitted by the practice explained: “The new centre will be carefully crafted to provide a landmark hub to serve the surrounding community and its future generations. All phases are interconnected via a glazed roof circulation street.
“The site used to accommodate Civic Glass works. It is intended that the proposal will specifically recognise the historical glass works with bespoke internal glazing and graphics. Capturing as much natural daylight via rooflights, sun tunnels and large format windows will reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day.”
Collective Architecture added: “Possilpark People’s Trust have ambitions to expand to offer more services for the area and are developing a new community facility incorporating a family centre, which will create a better community and resource facility for Possilpark.
“This would have the advantages of bringing lead agencies and other partners under one roof, to encourage a greater working partnership and to share resources in running the building and services.
“This would provide a modern, state-of-the-art hub for activities and services to be provided by partners as well as other wider agencies.”