16 Church Street, Dumbarton Office Building

16 Church Street Dumbarton, Office Building Scotland, Scottish Workspace

16 Church Street, Dumbarton Office Building

New Commercial Building in West Scotland – design by Keppie Architects

3 Aug 2018

16 Church Street, Dumbarton Office Building

16 Church Street, Dumbarton Office Building

Location: 16 Church Street, Dumbarton, western Scotland

Design: Keppie, Architects

West Dunbartonshire Council’s flagship office building at 16 Church Street, Dumbarton, designed by Keppie, is now complete and operational.

16 Church Street Dumbarton office building by Keppie

Photos by Jim Stephenson

The building provides a modern workspace for 500 staff, together with associated public services, in the heart of Dumbarton Town Centre, replacing their previous, dilapidated building at Garshake Road on the outskirts of town.

16 Church Street Dumbarton office building by Keppie

The site for the project was identified to create a catalyst for regeneration in Dumbarton Town Centre, with ambitions to conserve the façade of William Leiper’s Grade A listed former Burgh Hall and Academy Building.

16 Church Street Dumbarton office building by Keppie

The project brief sought to promote a culture of flexible, collaborative working in a safe and healthy workplace, provided in a frugal, efficient and sustainable building.

16 Church Street Dumbarton office building by Keppie

The main entrance and public-fronting accommodation (Reception/Helpdesk, Civic Space and Training Rooms) are located within the curtilage of the original Academy. Beyond this, 3 floors of simple office floor plates are organised around a central atrium space which forms the social heart of the building.

16 Church Street Dumbarton office building by Keppie

The atrium is used as an informal workspace, for casual meetings, staff presentations and lunch while supporting the naturally lit and ventilated building strategies. In a conscious effort to stimulate the local High Street, no canteen was provided within the building.

16 Church Street Dumbarton office building by Keppie

Externally, the building envelope is subservient to the impressive Leiper façade, which itself was subject to a rigorous consolidation and repair strategy. This was supported by a £500,000 grant from Historic Environment Scotland who observed, “a sensitive and well specified scheme that has the potential to become an exemplar project of conservation based regeneration.”

16 Church Street Dumbarton office building by Keppie

Euan Tyson, West Dunbartonshire Council’s Project Manager said: “Staff and members of the community have been extremely positive about the completion of 16 Church Street, the excellent new workspace promotes our flexible working ethos, whilst the conservation works to the Grade A listed façade has brought a significant historical Dumbarton landmark back to life, with a Civic building to be proud of.”

16 Church Street Dumbarton office building by Keppie

Richard MacDonald, Director from Keppie said: “We are honoured to have been involved in such a prestigious project and proud to have worked alongside West Dunbartonshire Council to bring the Historic Academy back to life to provide an exemplar new workplace.”

16 Church Street Dumbarton office building by Keppie

Photographs: Jim Stephenson

A short movie of the project is available to view here:

Keppie Design: West Dunbartonshire Council Offices from Stephenson / Bishop on Vimeo.

PROJECT FACTS The 4,908m2 project was delivered for West Dunbartonshire Council by HubWest Scotland as Development Partner with main contractor Lendlease at a construction cost of £15.4m.

16 Church Street Dumbarton offices interior

16 Church Street Dumbarton Offices – Building Information

• Client: West Dunbartonshire Council
• Development Partner: HubWest Scotland
• Main Contractor: Lendlease
• Architect: Keppie
• Structural and Civil: Curtins
• M+E: Rybka Ltd
• Interior Design: Keppie
• Architectural Conservation Consultant: Andrew Wright

16 Church Street Dumbarton office building by Keppie

16 Church Street Dumbarton Offices images / information form Keppie Architects Scotland


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