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Allander Leisure Centre and Adult Resource Centre

A modern sports and leisure facility and adult resource centre designed with inclusivity at its heart

  • £42K+


  • 1

    Sensory Garden

  • 100

    Gym Stations

  • Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, United Kingdom

    Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, United Kingdom

Leisure, sports, community, and care combined

Originally constructed in 1977, the Allander Leisure Centre in Bearsden had been earmarked for redevelopment for many years. When East Dunbartonshire Council wanted to construct a new, high-quality, inclusive sports and leisure facility on the site, they appointed us to help them engage with the community and secure planning permission.

Taking on this complex task, meant that we needed to consider adjacent residential properties as well as the practicality of keeping the existing centre open throughout construction. Plans for a rail halt at the adjoining railway line and sufficient car parking also had to be considered. To address these challenges, we fostered a successful working relationship with the council’s planning department along with extensive stakeholder engagement. By working together we achieved a swift planning permission.

The new inclusive leisure centre now welcomes everyone in the community. It includes an eight-lane swimming pool, a dedicated teaching pool, and a hydrotherapy pool. Other fitness facilities include sports pitches, a 100-station gym, squash courts, and a spin studio—and people facing learning challenges can enjoy the new adult resource centre and sensory garden. 

At a Glance

  • East Dunbartonshire Council’s Major
  • McLaughlin & Harvey
Architect of Record
Holmes Miller
Image Credit
Holmes Miller
Shortlisted for Future Building or Project award at the Scottish Design Awards 2020
Meet Our Team

Stephen Tucker, Urban Design Director

My advice to someone starting in our field—one day you’ll need to show your kids a development or place you’ve been involved with.

Stephen Tucker

Urban Design Director

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