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Clydebank Leisure Centre

Located in the heart of Clydebank’s shipbuilding industry in Queens Quay, you will find the state of the art four storey Clydebank Leisure Centre. As a key part of West Dunbartonshire Council’s regeneration strategy, the building facilitates a 25m swimming pool as well as a teaching and leisure pool complete with waves and flumes. There is also changing facilities, a café, multi-purpose sports hall that has retractable seating alongside a fitness suite and dance studio.

Interestingly, before commencing works, the main contractor had to survey the site for WW2 bombs. The architects maintained the look and feel of the historic area by designing the building to look just like a ship, as the ‘stern’ of the building cantilevers over the shipyard clipway.

Gareth McKnight, Associate at Kennedy Fitzgerald said, “The cladding was about having just two interlocking elements with cladding on the top and bricks at the bottom. The old Victorian industrial buildings only had two separate materials externally and the cladding was powder coated so it had some life to it. For the bricks, we also liked the idea of a material that has a bit of life in it.”

The building features a mixture of glazed brick separated for the ground and first floor with an aluminium anodised rainscreen cladding system of tongue and grooves used on the upper level.

Location: Clydebank
Material: Bemo Secret Fix Cassette Panels & Paralon System
Client: BAM Construction for West Dunbartonshire Council
Duration: March 2016 - December 2016
Sector: Leisure


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