JOHN KNOX STREET WORKSHOPS

Location: Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire.

Client: Not disclosed.

Status: Completed.

Value: Not disclosed.

Awards: GIA design award, RIAS design award

Undertaken while at Elder and Cannon. 

A successful competitive tender submission for speculative light industrial workshops for a client with a reputation for commissioning innovative high-quality architecture. 

The project is in a formerly busy ship-building area with a proud heritage but has witnessed the decline of its key industry. Our client, an urban regeneration company founded by West Dunbartonshire Council and the Scottish Executive has the aim of regenerating the local area and providing a sustainable future for all local residents and businesses. Recognising that sustainability can be found in particular local solutions we took a review of the resources available in Clydebank and its industries resulting in the investigation of tunnel-form concrete sourced from the Lafarge Readymix plant located less than a mile from the site (aggregate transported by ship). There could be great savings in transportation costs and thus less embodied CO2, benefits to local labour, and an opportunity to develop a partnership with a successful local business. The sustainable local links are enhanced by formwork prefabricated in Glasgow and up to 40% cement replacement with coal ash sourced from Longannet, 37 miles away (most or all slag cement in the UK comes from South Wales). 

Role: Marc Kilkenny was project Architect (at Elder and Cannon) from PQQ inception to successful interview on 04.11.10