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James Knight

A Future in Fungi

The East End of Glasgow, including the area around Barrowland, is home to some the highest indices of physical and mental ill health. Located on the threshold of the city centre and East End of Glasgow, this project addresses some of the social and physical divides of the city. Connecting an existing historic building with a new structure and a community park, it provides a new facility for the improvement of mental and physical health.

The scheme provides the East End of Glasgow with a specialist horticultural therapy centre. The new building addresses the Barrowland Park, providing a public library, social space, allotments for horticultural therapy, therapy rooms and a rooftop greenhouse. Reaching through an existing railway arch into the ground floor of the existing Mercat Building, the scheme opens out towards the busy Trongate with a new café and restaurant, and catering school. Throughout, the scheme provides a safe and inclusive environment dedicated to improving the health and lifestyles of people living in and around Barrowland through horticultural therapy.



Stephen Johnson