Design Awards 2013
Calman Cancer Support Centre (former Gartnavel Royal Hospital Chapel)
Winner: Design Award
The project was to conserve, technically improve and sensitively adapt the former Gartnavel Royal Hospital Chapel, to become flagship therapy centre “The Calman Cancer Support Centre” for the provision of free counselling and complementary therapies for cancer outpatients.
The Arts and Crafts building, designed by Sir John James Burnet is a Category B Listed former Asylum Chapel and was derelict and in a state of disrepair and recorded on the Buildings at Risk Register from the 1990s. Despite this, it had survived with most of its original internal timber detailing intact and was therefore very rare being one of the few surviving “low look” designs created by Burnet.
Our conservation accredited architect David Millar worked closely with Glasgow Building Preservation Trust over the past six years to create an exemplar project, starting with an AHF options appraisal which identified the potential new uses and researched the significance of the building. The synergy of this new use with its original purpose has allowed the architectural qualities of the chapel to be respected whilst providing a bespoke, relaxing space with modern facilities and an inviting atmosphere for the provision of therapies and counselling.
The conservation work allied to a new extension has created a striking building transforming it into one that positively contributes to and enhances the built environment and the lives of those using and visiting it.“This project is not only about preserving the past but also helping people now and looking to the future” (Ricky Tomlinson, Actor, on presenting 2013 National Lottery Best Heritage Project Award).