East Calder Partnership Centre

East Calder Partnership Centre
West Lothian
community

East Calder Partnership Centre
West Lothian


Status
Detailed Design


Client
West Lothian Council


Contract
Value £2.4m


Funders
West Lothian Council


 

Collective Architectures are working with West Lothian Council on proposals for a new Partnership Centre in East Calder. The proposed Partnership Centre will bring together the currently dispersed services in East Calder into a centrally located hub building. Services to be provided in the new facility include; the East Calder Community Library, Community Education & Resource Centre and changing facilities for local sports clubs.

Building proposals have been developed in parallel with a masterplanning strategy which aims to establish a green link through the town centre site and across Main Street. The green link is proposed as a shared space which will create a new civic centre for East Calder, connecting the playing fields in the east and the River Almond to the west.

The two primary building uses of a library and community multi purpose halls provided the opportunity to create a distinct building form of two volumes which have been arranged around a south facing entrance garden and play area. The community library has been located to overlook the Main Street whilst the multi purpose halls have been orientated to overlook and open out to the playing fields. Green roofs have been proposed to the two building volumes to further establish the concept of the green link.

A controlled palette of materials has been chosen in response to the predominately stone context of the Main Street. Precast concrete panels pigmented in reference to the local stone are proposed alongside areas of corten metal on the south facing public elevations whilst a grey multi facing brick has been selected to the north facing elevations.