Whitevale Surgery is a new build surgery housing a three-partner practice with associated nursing facilities, in Dennistoun, Glasgow’s East End.
The surgery is located within a very tight and challenging site between the gable ends of traditional tenements and a Network Rail boundary fence at the top of the Bellgrove railway cutting. The site therefore presented engineering constraints on both of it’s main edges resulting in a compact plan that avoided underpinning of existing foundations or requiring protracted negotiations with the rail authority.
Cooper Cromar liaised extensively with the project’s stakeholders, the GP partnership, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the local authority, and a local neighbours group to ensure that all relevant needs were met and the facility integrated into the local community.
Because of the peripheral location of the building with limited footfall on the adjacent Whitevale Street (the street had been stopped up to through-traffic by the Council and so prone to loitering) security considerations were paramount while wanting to present a welcoming facility contained within a minimum of external fenestration facing the street edge.
The project therefore delivers the surprise of tall, bright and attractive skylit reception and waiting spaces within its modest envelope which have proved popular with occupants and visitors alike.