Ronald McDonald House, Glasgow



Ronald McDonald House, Glasgow

This new residential housing facility for the parents of sick children in the hospital provides an essential place of rest and support for families in their time of need, and is becoming a landmark Scottish building design in its own right.

PBA provided civil and structural engineering services for the project, including the hybrid structural steel and timber frame design, and flood risk assessment services for the existing brownfield site.

The building’s facilities include private bedrooms and lounge areas, laundry services, a communal kitchen, lounge and crèche. Design highlights include a hybrid steel and timber frame to accommodate the varying building-wide requirements; a steel frame with timber infill panels in the communal kitchen and lobby areas and a prefabricated closed panel timber frame, also designed by PBA, for the two-storey bedroom wing.

"We thoroughly enjoyed developing Ronald McDonald House alongside a talented, pro-active and enthusiastic team at PBA. They fully believed in the concept design and worked tirelessly to help achieve the desired aesthetic and overcome the challenging structural nuances between the M&E, hybrid steel and structural timber cassette system. The close collaboration was very important to us but the work was always achieved in a quality and reliable manner that will make us aspire to work with PBA again."