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Parkhead Hub – December 2023 Update

Published: | Health and Care Centres

Progress with the construction 

Construction of Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership’s (HSCP) new Parkhead Health and Social Care Hub at Salamanca Street, Parkhead is well underway. 

The building is due to open in August 2024 and will bring together community health and social care services currently located at nine different sites. It will also include general practitioner services, community pharmacy and dental, community spaces including bookable rooms, a new library and a café.

Designed by Hoskins Architects, Hub West Scotland had been appointed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) as its development partner to deliver the project, and BAM Construction  is the lead contractor.

Benefits to local people

Along with the construction of the building there has been a lot of activity to ensure local people benefit from the project. Over £12m of social and economic benefits have been delivered so far to the Parkhead area due to the construction of the Hub. Sixty-three percent of people (50 individuals) working on the project come from the surrounding areas and 504 apprentice weeks have taken place.

Young people from local schools have taken part in 70 weeks of work experience and 695 hours of education engagement. 

Hub West Scotland has produced a video about their Education Programme, which involved students from Whitehill and St Andrews Secondary Schools and training partner TIGERS. The programme covered all elements of design and construction for an outdoor activity space at Ashton Secondary Additional Support Needs (ASN) School, which was completed earlier this year.

Over £73k has been invested in local community projects with over 1,500 volunteering hours recorded, resulting in:

  • an outdoor classroom for Parkhill ASN School
  • an outdoor sensory area for Ashton ASN school
  • upgrade to Mental Health Network premises (Helping Hands project).

Arts Strategy

Bespoke Atelier, a design company based in Bridgeton, won a two-stage competition to create new artworks for the Hub’s entrance and children’s area. 

As experienced designers, they have previously created artworks for other NHSGGC healthcare facilities including health centres, specialist wards and hospitals. They have also worked extensively in schools and communities across Glasgow.

For Parkhead Hub’s entrance, they’ll create a large-scale, illuminated wall panel to welcome visitors. The design will celebrate the rich textile and weaving heritage of the local area whilst reflecting the scale and ambition of the new Hub itself. 

For the children’s area, a feature wall will become a playful and engaging composition of shapes inspired by research into the local area. Workshops took place in local schools and community settings over several weeks during October. Patterns and motifs were created to represent places of local interest, ideas and emotions and to give a sense of interactivity for children and young people of all heights and ages.

Bespoke Atelier said: “We’re confident that we’ll create a welcoming, eye-catching, unique artwork for the entrance of Parkhead Hub. Working with our team of designers, specialist fabricators and structural engineers, we’ll provide an artistic solution with a high-end finish that will withstand the test of time.”

Jackie Shearer, Arts Strategy Coordinator, said: “By working with schools and community groups, we were able to bring children and young people’s voice into the artwork for what will be their dedicated area, making it relevant and generating pride for years to come.”

More information is available on Parkhead Hub.

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