100 Years of Govanhill Baths
March 19, 2015

The Govanhill Baths Community Trust launches a 100 Years of Govanhill Baths, a publication, exhibition and a permanent archive celebrating the Baths centenary.

NORD were asked to design & deliver a small temporary/ permanent display area to showcase objects from the Govanhill Baths archive.

The archive has been developed by archivist Paula Larkin and a group of volunteers which houses a broad collection of materials related to the physical building, it’s users, the campaign to save it, and its current use as a community hub. It also documents the building through each phase of development on its journey to fully reopening as a Wellbeing Centre. The archive is a unique community resource for current and future generations to use.

The publication, United We Will Swim: 100 Years of Govanhill Baths, documents the rich, diverse and inspiring story of Govanhill Baths and the community that it serves. It includes seven newly commissioned essays, with forward by Lesley Riddoch and an introduction by Andrew Johnson, Chair of Govahill Baths Community Trust.

The event will also feature ‘Future Archive’ a new work by artist in residence, Ailie Rutherford.

Exhibition Open 20th March – 24th April 2015 / Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm



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Maggie’s Forth Valley
March 17, 2015

NORD are delighted to have celebrated breaking-ground for Maggie’s Forth Valley with Maggie’s and principle funder Nina Barough, founder of Walk the Walk, in the grounds of the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Scotland.

Every year 1,900 people across the Forth Valley area are diagnosed with cancer and face exhausting treatment and difficult emotions that can range from anxiety to loneliness and isolation. These challenges affect not only those with cancer, but their family and friends too.

Working in partnership with NHS Forth Valley, the new Maggie’s centre will significantly enhance the cancer support already offered across the region.

When Maggie’s Forth Valley opens next year a significant milestone will be achieved. There will then be eight Centres in Scotland, one at every major Scottish NHS cancer hospital.

Walk the Walk

Maggie’s Forth Valley



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March 12, 2015

Earlier in the year, NORD were invited by developer Argent to come up with innovative designs for its emerging Airport City outside Manchester.

Hand-selected by the AJ, NORD were delighted to participate and form part of an exciting mix of six architectural practices asked to come up with concept ideas for Plot C at Airport City.

The design charrette and NORD’s thoughts & ideas for the 1.29ha site at the heart of 5plus Architects’ masterplan for the new business and leisure destination near Manchester Airport features in this week’s edition of the Architect’s Journal and can be viewed in the below links.

AJ: Manchester Charrette – Introduction

AJ: Manchester Charrette – Setting the Scene

AJ: NORD Proposals & Approach




January 31, 2015

Together, the semi-ancient woodland of Kilmahew with the uncompromising architecture of St Peter’s seminary at its heart, represent a compelling cultural and educational resource and opportunity.

NVA have a vision to rescue, restore and reinvigorate this outstanding example of 20th century architectural heritage and bring it back into productive public use.

The new year has seen a strong call for support and NVA’s campaign, A FUTURE RECLAIMED, represents a real chance to save Kilmahew / St.Peter’s, providing a superb new arts venue and place of learning.

CNN_These are 2015′s most exciting building projects

BBC_Turning a 1960′s ruin into art

The Guardian _A second coming for Scotland’s modernist masterpiece

Scottishmotorman_A bird’s eye view of St Peter’s Seminary






Season’s Greetings
December 23, 2014

Season’s Greetings from all at NORD and best wishes for 2015. Our offices will be closed from Tuesday 23rd December until Monday 5th January 2015.

NORD Merry Christmas 2014 - Web

Architects’ Journal NO 20 / VOL 240
December 01, 2014

NORD’s new cinema 3 auditorium for the Glasgow Film Theatre feature’s in this weeks Architects’ Journal.

AJ Building Case Study : Ready for its close-up

Project photographs by Dapple Photography are now online.

NORD are currently developing the second phase of works which is planned for 2016. The works will focus on foyer spaces in particular with the creation of the new main & snug bars, kiosks facilities and the reconfiguration of the public toilet facilities.

The project will also focus of the circulation sequence and wayfinding throughout the building making fully accessible by placement of a new foyer platform lift and also, as a central piece of drama, by re-introducing and re-interpretting the original foyer butterfly staircase.


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November 30, 2014

NORD are proud to announce that they have been appointed as part of a dynamic design team, led by London-based Avanti Architects, to develop plans for the restoration of St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross.

Designed by Isi Metzstein & Andy MacMillan (Gillespie Kidd & Coia) and winner of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 1969, the world famous St Peter’s seminary set in the former Kilmahew estate has been abandoned for over 25 years. Plans are now underway to resuscitate this architectural icon and its surrounding landscape to create a unique art, heritage and educational resource in the west of Scotland.

Led by Glasgow-based public art charity NVA, the proposals have garnered high level political and financial support and plans are progressing well. The project has over £5 million of private and public investment in place to support the capital works and its first five year activity programme.

“NVA’s plans represent an unheralded form of regeneration; one that accepts loss and ruination as part of the site history. Our plans offer a singular and dramatic set of spaces to release new uses and new ways of framing human activity. We make no separation between the natural landscape and the buildings; both have different layers within the overarching narrative and are the places that we draw from. So much of our learning, from childhood onwards takes place indoors in dull, stifling environments. So why not spend time somewhere that feels like a day off from your ordinary life?”

_Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of NVA

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November 17, 2014

NORD are delighted to have been awarded a Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award for The Glasgow Film Theatre’s Cinema 3.

The winners of the GIA Awards were announced at the Annual Members Dinner on the 14th November 2014.

The Glasgow Film Theatre – Cinema 3 won in the Leisure/Arts category.


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