Queens Quay House



ARCHITECTURE: Health Building or Project


Cooper Cromar
West Dunbartonshire Council Consultancy Services
Bayne Stevenson


West Dunbartonshire Council


Located within the Queens Quay development in Clydebank, Queens Quay House which welcomed its first residents in December 2020, is the second of two residential care home projects undertaken for West Dunbartonshire Council.Of similar scale to its twin, Crosslet House Care Home, the £14 million state of the art care facility provides 84 residential bed spaces together with a 50-person daycare centre.The building has one 14-bedroom flat and seven 10-bedroom flats with each resident having their own en-suite room. Each flat has living and dining areas and a kitchen to allow residents to relax and enjoy a variety of environments, while maintaining their independence. All of the flats have been designed with supportive colour schemes to assist those with dementia in helping identify with their home, creating a warm and familiar feel with Residents closely involved in choosing the colour schemes and soft furnishings.There are lounges, sitting rooms and adaptable communal spaces within each flat, which can be used as recreational rooms for hobbies. The lounges and bedrooms each have wall-mounted Smart TVs, which can also transmit films and performances from the cinema room.A number of activity rooms enable residents to continue and develop new hobbies and there is also an on-site bistro and hairdressing salon. Residents have open access within the building, providing a sense of freedom in a safe environment.Outside, a variety of courtyard and garden spaces provide a safe opportunity for gardening as well as enjoying the sculptures, water feature, grass activity zone and spaces to rest and socialise.The new care home building is powered by the Queens Quay district heating scheme and also has roof mounted photovoltaic panels as on-site renewable energy technology.Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Chair of WDHSCP: “This new home and day service, built on the former John Brown site, will play a crucial role in providing high quality care for older people in our community whilst also promoting their independence. The design and layout has been carefully considered to provide outstanding internal features and courtyards and external communal gardens where residents can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities in a safe, uplifting  and accessible environment. This new facility underlines our commitment to providing for residents in Clydebank and beyond the opportunity to live as independently as possible, while still having access to support when they need it.”