East Dunbartonshire Council commissioned the Hub to be the main focus for public services in Lennoxtown, situated centrally in the village.
The aim of the project was to improve accessibility and services to the local community on two fronts: by co-locating the current Library, Council Services and GP practices from the Main Street into one central building; and providing a central civic space for people to meet and to act as a catalyst for change within the heart of the village.
The building scale takes its cue from the historic properties which used to dominate the main street and seeks to break it's own mass with a series of eaves line interupptions echoing the gablets and chimney stacks of the sites former buildings, and likewise the brick selection is reflective of the sandstone warmth of the residential tenements whilst appearing contempary through it's detailing. The Hub achieves a bold public presence.
Internally, consideration has been given to the range of building users:
• The central waiting areas are wrapped around, and form the basis of, a two storey void, which pierces through its height of the building and helps to enhance visual wayfinding links as well as views of the hills surrounding the village.
This central core also provides flexibility for multi-use operation and facilitates security of each area.
• Within this multi-use building, sustainable properties of natural light and ventilation are key design elements, with curtain walling; internal void; and roof lights.
Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire