Allander Leisure + Learning




ARCHITECTURE: Future Building or Project


Holmes Miller


East Dunbartonshire Council


The Allander Sports Centre, situated the Northern Glasgow suburb of Bearsden, has been a recreational hub for the community for over 40 years. In this time, it’s been the backdrop to swimming galas, football birthday parties, indoor bowl events, squash challenges, coffee mornings and fetes.

Kelvinbank Adult Resource Centre in Kirkintilloch, has provided Day Care to Adults with learning challenges for a similar period, providing crucial support to families throughout East Dunbartonshire. It is home from home for the Centre patrons, where their extended families take time to care and encourage, play, and learn – or simply listen and chat.

What both facilities have in common is that their role extends beyond the core Program – they are at the heart of Communities they serve and play a key role in people’s lives.

In partnership with the Council, Holmes Miller devised a strategy to bring these facilities together and form a Community hub with inclusivity as its standard bearer. An opportunity was identified to break down barriers by combining a Day Care Centre with a Leisure Centre to unlock a host of new opportunities for those living with dementia, autism, and physical disabilities.

A series of community charettes and discussions with users were hosted, to draw out user requirements and understood key aspirations. The proposals are a direct product of that 12-month consultation and ensure that the People have shaped the design of their building.

The new Day Care Centre within the scheme will offer unrivalled facilities, following the Health and Social Care best practice, with an internal layout that reflects a curated program. Sensory and production garden areas will compliment this offer and give patrons a holistic experience catered to their needs. A social enterprise in the form of a food production business will be housed within the training kitchen, providing patrons a means to serve the community themselves. The building will also contain hydrotherapy and training pools with moveable floors which will offer up wide range of rehabilitative options to users.

Leisure accommodation will reflect changing trends in sport with multi-purpose recreational spaces throughout the building. These are designed to give the operator room to flex depending on demand throughout the calendar, catering for the school curriculum and local sports club requirements.

The overall result is a people focused design that seeks to create synergies between sport, culture, and mental health as a welcoming Civic building with a timeless aesthetic.