Sports Facility, St Aloysuis College, Glasgow

Sports Facility, St Aloysuis College, Glasgow

Client: St Aloysuis College


Status: Competed

The Sports Facility is positioned diagonally between the A-listed pair Mackintosh Building and St. Aloysius’ Church and adjacent to the Glasgow School of Art’s Reid Building and fulfils a long-standing ambition by St. Aloysius’ College to provide sports facilities as part of its Garnethill Campus in Glasgow.

The site is prominently located within Glasgow’s Central Conservation Area, adjacent to the main College buildings and, pending the development, had been in use as additional parking and playground space.

The urban form is characterised by application of the city’s grid iron street plan up and over the steep sided drumlin which forms the basis of the topography, with significant falls across the site creating an interesting streetscape.

Despite the considerable steep slopes on the site, the design remains completely barrier free thanks to a cantilevered steel stair on Dalhousie Street and double-sided lift access to all levels.

The changing and showering facilities are located across from the ground floor gym and dance studio, while a first floor balconied café looks north over Garnethill Park and a second floor viewing gallery wraps round the sports hall, providing facilities for spectating.