The Shields Centre, Glasgow

Client Objectives:

The projects key aim was to draw together a range of accessible health & social care services in this local community, and to improve the premises of two GP Practices. The Shields Health and Care Centre which was completed earlier this year was officially opened last month by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robison in the presence of Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland and Andrew Robertson the Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. There were many guests enjoying the celebrations, all of whom had been involved with the planning and delivery of this new facility.

Development Solution:

  • The 750m2 building provides a modern Health and Care centre for the people of East Pollokshields in Glasgow. Over two floors , it incorporates two GP practices, a range of community services, social work, health promotion and educational services for the local community. Uniquely the Centre has a community garden that is managed by Urban Roots and offers a varied programme of gardening and environmental activities that aim to promote positive health and well being.
  • The building located on the boundary of a conservation area is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood and its refined design reinforces the civic importance of public healthcare. The double height colonnade is partially screened by bespoke Cor-ten steel screens designed by artist Alex Hamilton.
  • The project formed part of the development programme of Hub West Scotland with Apollo’s Campbell Halliday leading the development and delivery of its construction.

Hub West Scotland

Apollo and it’s partners have been appointed by the Western Territory Hub Programme Board as their partner to deliver over £200m of public sector infrastructure projects for 16 West Scotland public sector bodies across Glasgow, Inverclyde, East and West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire.

Apollo sits alongside Community Solutions Investments Partners Limited and Morgan Sindall Investments as shareholders in WellSpring Partnership Limited, the joint venture partnership formed to deliver these projects. Since reaching financial close in April 2012 and formal launch in October 2012, the WellSpring Partnership has seen a total of 13 projects progress through development and delivery.

The current Business Plan has identified the potential to develop an estimated £250m worth of projects. We have worked to reach financial close on five projects in the first half of 2014 and a further seventeen planned in 2015. These comprise of two further major health centres (with a further eight in feasibility), a specialist care home, primary and secondary schools, council facilities and leisure centres.


Project type: Small urban integrated health & care centre

Project value: £2.5m

Size: 750 sq m;
5 GPs;
Up to 4000 patients

Delivery: 48 weeks

Dr Akbar & Khan
Regency Medical Practice
Glasgow City Council
Social Work
Community Health
Health Promotion
Community Health Garden