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Located on the site of a former steel works in Gartcosh, the Scottish Crime Campus unites a range of agencies involved in combating serious crime.  Combining office accommodation, support facilities, and forensic laboratories in one building, it is intended to facilitate efficiency in intelligence sharing and operational activities, translating into increased success in fighting organised crime.

Maximum Impression

Visually impactful, the exterior of the building is modelled on the bar-code representation of DNA.  The separate elements of the four-storey building unite around a central atrium, with the tall white columns of the exterior façade extended into the interior.  Subtle glazing, appearing unobtrusive when viewed from outside, fills the interior with light and emphasises the impressive height within this powerful, connective space.

Making Connections

Link bridges span the atrium, connecting the separate blocks on differing levels.  In contrast to the buildings slate floor, representative of the geology of the ground, these slender bridges and stair flights utilise the rising nature of timber for flooring.  The oak flooring also has a practical purpose, providing a warmer, quieter footfall and enhancing the privacy of occupants moving throughout the building.

Positive Contribution

BMJ Architects, working with GM Ryder Architecture, specified Russwood’s Engineered Chateau Natural Prime Oak boards for their robust design qualities, quality of finish and contribution to the finished projects ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating.  They stated: “Russwood were on hand and provided excellent precedents and technical advice when the durability and specification was tested.  With regards to bespoke pieces, their advisors were of great assistance to BMJ prior to and during specification, and also when on-site.  Furthermore, Russwood’s knowledge and communication with Osmo was of great benefit when reviewing the durability of the proposed finish.”

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