Kinning Park Complex

Through adaptive reuse and internal reorganisation, Glasgow's revitalised Kinning Park Complex now offers community and creative workspaces across its three storeys.

A high-ceilinged room interior, with 20 people sitting on chair, lit with daylight through large windows

Key information


New Practice


Kinning Park Complex



Year of Completion





Originally built as an extension to the former Lambhill Street School in 1910, the Kinning Park Complex is a multi-use community space offering activities focused on community, citizenship, creativity and wellbeing for its users, who include many with accessibility and mobility needs and health concerns. It includes a number of halls, a kitchen, office space and studios which are home to and well used by local organisations, dance and sports groups, artists, musicians and community projects. 

The project was funded through a grant of £1.2 million from the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

Working alongside New Practice, we provided MEP design services for the refurbishment of this independent venue in the southside of Glasgow. 

Flexible and community-centred design

The design aimed to make the most of the building’s heritage and existing structure while creating functional, flexible and accessible workspaces across all its three storeys, hosting events and resources that include a drop-in café, conferences, sports classes, cultural events and learning opportunities. Reworking the building has opened up the original double-helix stairs to aid visibility, safety, security and access to the building, while also allowing natural light to filter from the existing roof light.

A new passenger lift allows level access from the ground floor to all areas of the building, while a new ramp to the secondary entrance ensures full accessibility for everybody. A multi-purpose 'quiet space' for a range of uses, including prayer, breastfeeding, a calm refuge for neurodiverse users and a breakout/thinking room has also been created.

The project worked within the constraints of the existing building; however, the orientation and glazing arrangement of the building provide all of the key spaces with excellent daylight and have allowed the building to be naturally ventilated throughout.

We are pleased to see the amazing outcome: An innovative, community-centred reinvention of a space that preserves and showcases the qualities and history of a unique building through adaptive reuse.

“Kinning Park Complex has always been a great resource, even when it was cold, wet and broken. Now, with the redevelopment complete, our communities can be part of building a future that is here for generations to come.” 

Racheal Smith, Head of Operations, Kinning Park Complex
2024 RIAS Award