Well done to our team who ran the Glasgow Women’s 10k this Sunday to raise money for the Glasgow Women’s Library. Jude, Jane, Mairi, Emma and Cathy (who managed to avoid the camera) joined over 20 women running for the charity who are raising money to fund their work and the refurbishment of their new home in the former Bridgeton Library building. The team reached their fundraising goal of £1000, thank you to everyone who generously sponsored the team.
Photos from last week’s ‘Shaping Shawlands’ event hosted by the South Glasgow Heritage and Environment Trust at the Langside Halls in Glasgow’s South Side. Justin and Chris presented Collective’s vision for the halls as part of the day of discussions and presentations. The exhibition is scheduled to visit a number of venues in Glasgow, details will be on our news page when available.
Glasgow Women’s Library, Bridgeton.
Collective Architecture won a limited competition in June 2012 to carry out an internal fit out, external improvements and new extension to the Category B listed library in Bridgeton, Glasgow for Glasgow Women’s Library.
The library is one of seven “Carnegie” libraries donated to the city and was built in 1903. It is a local landmark for the area: grand in appearance with feature bays, intricate ornamentation and beautifully carved statues. The Bridgeton Library became available to Glasgow Women’s Library when the local library moved out and into its new premises in the Olympia at Bridgeton Cross. Local regeneration agency Clyde Gateway are project managing this transition and recognise the importance of changing perceptions and fortunes of the local community.
Glasgow Women’s Library provides a major resource for the City of Glasgow, Scotland and beyond. Their reputation extends nationally with a growing membership and volunteer team. Their archive collection has steadily expanded with items on display for public view and has gained growing importance through its accredited museum status. The Women’s Library organises major events such as film screenings, talks and exhibitions. Their efforts extend locally providing a range of support services including adult literacy classes and one to one learning.
Collective Architecture and the design team have worked closely with the Women’s Library to develop a phased strategy for their relocation from Glasgow’s Mitchell Library to the existing Bridgeton Library. The design strategy involves a reading area and mezzanine within the former Main Reading Room resting above a kitchen, informal meeting areas and displays/exhibitions. A new archive and storage area will house the permanent collection with workshops space and office areas to ground and first floor. Access between levels has been provided via a new glass and metal encased lift tower etched with text. Sympathetic external improvements and lighting proposals will be undertaken to extend the building’s useful life and bring it back to its former grandeur.
Client: Glasgow Women’s Library (with Clyde Gateway as project managers)
Completion: Expected late 2013
The Women’s Library are running the Glasgow 10k this Sunday to raise money for the project, you can support them online here.
Photos by Andrew Lee of the recently completed Red Tree Business Centre in Bridgeton, Glasgow are now on our website. If you’re interested in learning more about the ongoing regeneration of Bridgeton, the Urban Design Group are hosting an evening of free talks on the 24th April at the Olympia. The discussions will include The Olympia and surrounding public realm by page/park, and two Collective projects; the Red Tree Business Centre and our proposals for the Glasgow Women’s Library.
We’re very chuffed to have 5 projects shortlisted for this year’s Scottish Design Awards!
Our ‘host body’ installation for last years collaborative Going Viral exhibition at Glasgow Science Centre and Merchant City Voices a sound installation telling the story of Glasgow’s involvement in the Tobacco and Sugar industry and slavery, interpreted by writer Louise Welsh, are both up for the Exhibition / Point of Sale category award.
The Affordable housing category includes two of our recently completed projects for Home Group in Cumbria, Florence House and Bowflatts alongside Garscube Road housing for Queen’s Cross Housing Association in Glasgow, which has also been shortlisted in the Sustainable Design category!
A full list of the nominations can be found here.
Collective’s Chris Stewart introduced the third SEDA ’Green Drinks’ evening held last Thursday at New Glasgow Society. Matt Mckenna from Dress for the Weather and Michael Holliday from Roots Design Workshop discussed how ecological design had influenced the ethos of their practices, one urban and one rural. Topics discussed ranged from tenement energy typologies to traditional building techniques on Tiree.
Districts of Creativity is a short film by Michael Thomas Jones discussing the creative districts of Glasgow; King Street, Merchant City, Finneston and Speirs Wharf, that have seen a rise in creative industries over the past 10 years. It features interviews with Seona Reid, director of Glasgow School of Art, Wasps Studios, SWG3, Graphical house, Collective Architecture, Do Architecture and Turner Prize winning artist Martin Boyce.
Collective Architecture’s Byron Street housing has been featured as one of 12 exemplar housing schemes as part of The Architects Journal’s ‘More Homes Better Homes’ campaign.
The full article can be found at http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/home/more-homes-better-homes/byron-street-by-collective-architecture/8644065.article