CALMAN CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE
This former chapel was constructed in 1904/05 to an Arts and Craft design by Sir John James Burnet.
One of the “low look” churches created by him in Scotland. It has been carefully conserved by the Austin-Smith:Lord conservation team in the Glasgow studio, providing the headquarters for the charity Cancer Support Scotland. The new use incorporates a meeting area, offices and two new treatment rooms, and counselling room set within a contemporary new extension constructed to the Eastern side of the building.
The building is situated on the western edge of the Gartnavel Royal hospital site off Great Western Road in Glasgow. The Arts and Crafts building was designed by Sir John James Burnet a key architect of the late 19th early 20th Centuries, a category B-listed Chapel. It had fallen into disrepair and was recorded on the Buildings at Risk Register. The roof was in a very poor condition and water ingress and associated dry rot was increasing at an alarming rate, destroying the timberwork integral to JJ Burnet’s design. The West wall was leaning out and pulling the timber posts of the side aisle with it. Despite this it had survived with most of its original detailing intact and is a rare example of the Low Look design created by Burnet.
The team worked closely with Glasgow Building Preservation Trust to create an exemplar Architectural Heritage Fund options appraisal which identified potential new uses and researched the significance of the building.
The Cancer Support Centre is a brilliant success story and I am delighted it has been recognised as the nation’s favourite heritage project in the National Lottery Awards. National Lottery players should be proud that their money is supporting incredible projects like this.
Ricky Tomlinson – Actor, on presenting National Lottery Best Heritage Project Award
We are delighted our building has won this National Lottery Award for heritage. It just goes to show what can be done to turn a derelict building into the perfect home for Cancer Support Scotland. This award means so much to so many people. However, credit must go to Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and Austin-Smith:Lord for their expertise in turning this building into a beautiful cancer centre for patients, families and carers to attend.
Colin Graham – Chief Executive, Cancer Support Scotland
SERVICE: CONSERVATION, ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN
CONTRACTOR: STEWART + SHIELDS
LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH: LORD
STRUCTURES: ADDISON CONSERVATION + DESIGN
SERVICES: FLN CONSULTING ENGINEERS
COST CONSULTANT: MORHAM + BROTCHIE
2013 NATIONAL LOTTERY AWARD – BEST HERITAGE PROJECT
2013 GIA CONSERVATION DESIGN AWARD
2012 FRIENDS OF GLASGOW WEST GOLD AWARD