Clarkston health centre receives top design honour

Eastwood  Health Centre. Copyright Mark F Gibson.
Eastwood Health Centre. Copyright Mark F Gibson.

The Clarkston-based Eastwood Health and Care Centre has been recognised as an architectural field leader in a top competition.

The £15m centre won distinction at the European Healthcare Awards for buildings under 25,000 sq feet, beating off stiff competition from other major projects – including a new cancer hospital at Guy’s Hospital in London.

It’s the latest in a string of accolades for a building already said to be making its mark in the community.

Less than a year after it opened its doors it’s already seen as a vital facility whose design is very different from the strict functionality of more old-fashioned health centres.

The Eastwood centre was officially opened by the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell, in October, and now houses many social care services while providing space for voluntary groups of all kinds.

David Loudon, director of property, procurement and facilities management said: “We are delighted that Eastwood Health and Care Centre has won a major European Healthcare Design Award. “

He added: “The project represents the best of architectural design to deliver a brief that was based upon service improvement, integration and new ways of working. 

“Eastwood was developed as the Reference Design for primary care centres in Scotland, and the award is another endorsement of its approach and quality.

It has already won the Health Facilities Scotland Design Award, been shortlisted in the Building Better Healthcare Awards and the RIAS awards – more importantly the feedback from users and staff has been fantastic.”

Councillor Caroline Bamforth, chairwoman of the East Renfrewshire integrated joint board, said: “It is a fantastic state-of-the-art facility, bringing together health and social care services under the one roof for the first time in Eastwood.

“The busy community café on the ground floor also makes it a great community hub for local people.

“This is an award and indeed a facility that we are extremely proud of.”

The centre, in Drumby Crescent, was delivered by East Renfrewshire HSCP, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and East Renfrewshire Council in partnership with hub West Scotland and the Scottish Futures Trust.