Eastwood Health and Care Centre
Open to the public for a little under a year, Eastwood Health and Care Centre is a state-of-the-art facility boasting access to a wide range of health and social care services under one roof. Offering greater accessibility than the facilities it replaced, the centre is cost effective and a more streamlined work environment. In May 2017, it won a Scottish Design Award in the Health Building category.
Eastwood Health and Care Centre is a reference design by Hoskins Architects with contractor Morgan Sindall. The facility was delivered by hub West Scotland in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and East Renfrewshire Council, and is occupied by the East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), along with five GP Practices.
As a ‘reference design’, the project provides a benchmark for “excellent, sustainable and good value design”, achieved through the hub procurement process; and serves as a model for future primary healthcare centres.
Located at the junction of Eastwoodmains Road and Drumby Crescent in Clarkston, the three storey building is arranged around two external courtyards, allowing a high level of natural daylight and ventilation throughout the building. The ground floor accommodates a series of bookable rooms, as well as facilities to support third sector services and out of hours community use. The atrium space supports a social enterprise café and an info zone to allow the community to access a range of information. The café is run as an employability project and acts as a hub for the community with space for volunteer groups to come together.
Five GP practices are located on the first floor, with the reception desks and waiting areas organised around the central atrium, offering views out to the courtyards and the activity in the main foyer below. The second floor is the HSCP headquarters, and incorporates the latest agile working practices. The Centre is designed to provide clear orientation, wayfinding and ease of movement throughout for both members of the public and staff.
A range of services are provided within the building, including clinical consulting, podiatry, community physiotherapy, children and family social work, addiction services, rehabilitation services and adult mental health. The facility will also act as a base for health visitors and school nurses.
Eastwood Health and Care Centre has excellent transport links with over 280 car parking spaces for staff, patients and visitors of the centre as well as over 30 spaces for park-and-ride users. A frequent bus service also stops directly outside the centre, with Williamwood train station also just a short walk away.
The total cost for the building was £14.9m; funding was contributed by East Renfrewshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and delivered through the hub procurement model.
Speaking at the building’s completion, Gordon Gibb, Associate Director at Hoskins Architects, said:
“We are delighted to have completed our Reference Project, designed from the outset to accommodate future flexibility and an innovative layout and construction approach. The feedback received to date has been overwhelmingly positive. We hope the building will become a valued asset within the wider community, and make a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of the local service users and staff.”
In addition to Eastwood Health and Care Centre, Hoskins Architects have worked on a number of healthcare facilities in Scotland and Northern Ireland, including Ballymena Health and Care Centre and Robin House Children’s Hospice in Balloch. A further two new health centres in Scotland’s central belt by Hoskins Architects are on-site and due to be completed in early autumn: Allermuir Health Centre in Edinburgh, which will be delivered by hub South East with NHS Lothian; and Blackburn Partnership Centre, with hub South East, NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council.
Founded in Glasgow in 1998, the practice has gone from strength to strength in the time since building up an impressive portfolio in the process. Working across a range of sectors, from arts and heritage to residential, Hoskins Architects has completed projects in the UK as well as Europe and in 2014 opened an office in Berlin. The firm’s work has won nine RIBA and RIAS awards and has twice been mid-listed for the Stirling Prize.