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The Dalgarno Community Centre

Ideas Workshop Analysing the building Workshop Plan for centre View of Dalgarno Community Centre from the street
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Project Summary

The Dalgarno Neighbourhood Trust contacted The Glass-House in order to assist them in thinking about the spatial reconfiguration of their outdated but well-used centre.

Project Background

Dalgarno Community Centre was built in the 1990s in North Kensington, London. The centre was built without user consultation and therefore suffers from an inconvenient layout. The building is difficult to move around and has a lack of storage space. It is also in need of general upgrade and energy efficiency improvements. 

The centre provides a huge variety of services for the local community which are popular and expanding. However, lack of optional separation of young people’s space from general spaces leads to times when the centre has to shut to adults. The design of the centre needs to be improved in order to suit the many people and activities using the centre.

Glass-House Involvement

The Glass-House began working with the Dalgarno Community Trust in October 2008, visiting the group and developing a programme of project support. The programme involved assisting the Trust to engage the community in creating a collective vision and brief for change.

Jo Gibbons of J & L Gibbons and Graeme Sutherland of Adams & Sutherland were contracted by The Glass-House to provide architectural advice and support. The main goal of the programme was to provide the Trust with a better understanding of the early processes of realising a building project and methods by which a brief for the project might be prepared.  

The programme consisted of a public event to start capturing people’s thoughts about the building, followed by two workshops with the core group to develop a shared vision and brief and think about appointing a design team.

Community Involvement

The public event was a great opportunity for the wider community to have their say in the future of the centre. Attendees were able to communicate their current perceptions and future aspirations for the centre and join in on critical walks around the facility. The findings from the event were then used by the group in the subsequent workshops.

Project Support Outcomes

The Glass-House Enablers produced a range of resources for the group such as diagrams of the interior and exterior of the building including possible future alterations.

The group gained a checklist to help them to develop their brief.

By the end of the programme, the group had created an emerging design brief for the centre and had a much clearer idea of how to go about appointing a design team. 

Response from the Group

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Group Supported

Dalgarno Neighbourhood Trust

Group Location

North Kensington, London


Project Category


Project Features


Design Brief Development

How The Glass-House helped

  • Expert Advice
  • Brief and vision development
  • Involvement of wider community

Project Support Outcomes

  • Resources such as building diagrams
  • Emerging design brief
  • Confidence to appoint design team

Project Support Dates

Other Glass-House Support

Glass-House Enabler

J & L Gibbons

Adams & Sutherland