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Balornock Bowling Club


Studio KAP

Balornock is an area in Glasgow where typically people are out of work and housing is of a poor quality. Recently Balornock and the surrounding community have been integrated with refugees and this integration together with the areas existing social problems have led it to being identified as an area in need of support. _BCC had been working with the North Glasgow Community Support Group when they put us in touch with Balornock Bowling Club. The club had previously commissioned designs for a typical brick bungalow and were concerned at its cost. The club was well run and had the financial backing of RBS to a set point.

BCC looked at the area and observed there were absolutely no buildings of any merit or inspiration. BCC invited Studio KAP architects to prepare an innovating image of what could be put on the site, which was effectively on the edge of a large area of grassland. Together we worked the building into the budget and the Club embraced the idea. The Clubhouse was built on time and in budget and is a seen breath of fresh air in this area by the locals. The building, which also won the Civic Trust Award, is now 5 years old, has no had vandalism and is bustling with community activities.