Clydebank Community Sports Hub

This project involved the construction of a new build design, by Marc Kilkenny Architects, on the site of the old playing fields at Dean Street in Clydebank. This was to build a comprehensive community sports hub for local residents, sports clubs and, in some instances, professional teams.

The new world-class sporting facility was designed for football, rugby, Gaelic football and a range of other sports and activities. The services the new £3.8 Million Sports Hub provides include a new full size, flood-lit, all-weather synthetic pitch (for a variety of different sports), two redeveloped grass pitches, 10 community allotments, a communal garden, newly renovated indoor sport facilities, with finally a social space with kitchen and bar for the community to eat, drink and relax. In regards to the synthetic pitch itself, due to the different pitch dimensions required for the variety of sports played, it is thought that the pitch itself is the biggest of its kind in the United Kingdom.

This process took under a year to complete, but has been received excellently by the public and official delegates. For instance, the facility hosted the Scottish Rugby Team and their players for open training sessions in early 2019.

Stuart McInally, who has over 20 caps for Scotland, said: “We train at BT Murrayfield and Oriam quite a lot so it’s nice to take our training around the country and it’s a great facility here at Clydebank, we’ve really enjoyed being here.”

The building was so well received, in fact, that it received four nominations in the 2019 Scottish Design Awards and won three of them. The winners were within the Architecture (Regeneration), Architecture (Public Building) and Architecture (Grand Prix) categories. The judges of the awards lauded the facility and praised its “admirable” qualities and “controlled” delivery.