Design Awards 2013
The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre
Anderson Bell Christie
The WQSEC provides the only residential assessment and treatment centre in Scotland for adults with epilepsy, with 12 in-patient beds, family accommodation and common areas.
Diagnostics in the EEG Suite provide remote continuous monitoring of patients indoors and out, and there are consulting rooms, conference facilities and a staff base.
The large roof overhang and raking double-storey laminated timber columns provide both solar control and place-making on St Kenneth Drive.
Built on the site of the old Elderpark Primary School, the building incorporates salvaged stone features, terracotta finials and decorative ironwork. Other material was donated to the Elderpark Garden Project.
Sustainability has driven the use of BREEAM A or A+ materials. The gas-powered CHP engine feeds electricity into the grid generating income, and enough hot water to supply the underfloor heating system. The building is naturally ventilated, and natural light and views out are abundant.