Community & Culture

Netherholm Community Hall


Thenue Housing Association

Location: Glasgow

Project value: £10.35m (overall project)

Completion Date: 2021

Conceived as part of a wider regeneration project which covered two sites in Glasgow’s Castlemilk and Bridgeton areas, MAST worked with Thenue Housing Association to deliver a new community facility which complemented the 22 new homes being provided in the Holmbyre area of Castlemilk.


The area suffered from a lack of community facilities following closure of an existing school, and its replacement with private housing.  A wide-ranging community consultation exercise identified a need for a multi-purpose building which could support a variety of uses, including events and clubs, training programmes, and as a potential venue for early years provision, with appropriate facilities for these activities being severely limited within the community.


The new community hall is seen as an extension of the new-build housing which surrounds it, adopting a similar material palette and massing.  Both elements of the scheme employ a light grey masonry finish as the primary material, with the hall also using composite slate cladding, extending from the roof onto the gable elevations.  This dark element creates a distinctive contrast with the lighter tones of the facing brick, accentuating a feature double-gabled elevation to the street frontage.  SBEM software was used to demonstrate compliance with the relevant sections of the Building Standards Non-Domestic Technical Handbook, with the completed scheme incorporating photovoltaic panel arrays as part of its energy package.  Through review, these elements augmented a well-insulated timber frame structure and high performance windows and doors, with low U-values evidencing high levels of thermal efficiency.


The internal layout of the building was developed through a series of community consultation events, aiming to establish proposals for a flexible set of spaces which could accommodate a mixture of uses throughout the day.  This was reconciled into a large main hall, which can be subdivided as required to suit individual uses.  Advanced audio-visual equipment is incorporated throughout, with two dedicated I.T./media rooms being provided to support training initiatives.


A private rear garden is also provided, directly accessible from the main hall, with this external space being subdivided so that it can be utilised for nursery provision in the future.