PLANNING permission has been given for a new community centre and nursery in Possilpark.
Under the plan, the existing Possilpoint centre in Denmark Street will be demolished and new facilities provided in three phases.
Phase one will include two main multi-purpose community areas contained within double-storey pitched roof structure. It will be built in front of the current Possilpoint Centre to allow it to operate during construction. Enclosed gardens will be provided to the rear of the building.
After that, multi-purpose activity spaces — including a climbing wall and fitness suite — plus meeting rooms will be built, followed by an early years facility.
An all-weather floodlit, outdoor multi-purpose games court for basketball, five-aside football and tennis court is also proposed.
Possilpoint Community Centre is currently under management of Glasgow Life but the new facility would be run by Possilpark People’s Trust.
The £3million project is already funded through £1.4million from Glasgow City Council and £1.575million from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and The Robertson Trust.
A statement submitted by Collective Architecture explained: “The new centre will be carefully crafted to provide a landmark hub to serve the surrounding community and its future generations. All phases are interconnected via a glazed roof circulation street.
“The site used to accommodate Civic Glass works. It is intended that the proposal will specifically recognise the historical glass works with bespoke internal glazing and graphics. Capturing as much natural daylight via rooflights, sun tunnels and large format windows will reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day.”
The statement continued: “Possilpark People’s Trust have ambitions to expand to offer more services for the area and are developing a new community facility incorporating a family centre, which will create a better community and resource facility for Possilpark.
“This would have the advantages of bringing lead agencies and other partners under one roof, to encourage a greater working partnership and to share resources in running the building and services.
“This would provide a modern, state-of-the-art hub for activities and services to be provided by partners as well as other wider agencies.”