The Loading Bay

Point of sale for local skatepark

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Empowering Community through Innovation

In the heart of Glasgow's north, nestled near the scenic canals, stands The Loading Bay, a skatepark with a vision. Born from the transformation of a former warehouse loading bay, this unique indoor facility is part of Scottish Canals' broader regeneration efforts, aiming to revitalize the canal area and foster community spirit.

Bridging History with Modernity

The Loading Bay marries the rugged charm of its industrial past with the sleek agility of modern skatepark design. Its layout—a blend of rough surfaces, unconventional shapes, and smooth ply transitions—captures the essence of outdoor skating under the shelter of its historic roof. The generous use of large windows floods the space with natural light, crafting an inviting atmosphere for skaters of all levels.

A Technological Leap for Social Good

At the core of The Loading Bay's mission is an unwavering commitment to social inclusivity, particularly for young people from underprivileged backgrounds. Recognizing the power of technology to bridge economic divides, we developed an innovative point of sale (POS) application using Swift, seamlessly integrated into on-site iPads, coupled with a web-based customer relationship management (CRM) tool.

Innovative Point of Sale Application

This bespoke POS application is more than just a transactional tool; it's a gateway to equitable access. Leveraging the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, the system discreetly assesses the eligibility of young visitors for free entry based on their postcode. This process ensures that every visitor's experience is uniform, thereby eliminating any potential social stigma associated with financial aid.

Discretion and Dignity in Access

One of the pivotal challenges in this project was maintaining the dignity of all visitors, regardless of their socioeconomic status. By designing a system that treats every check-in with the same level of privacy and respect, we've fostered a more inclusive environment. This approach not only supports young people in accessing the facilities but also encourages broader participation by removing barriers to entry.

Conclusion: Skating Towards a Brighter Future

The Loading Bay stands as a beacon of community empowerment and social innovation. Through the strategic use of technology, we've helped create a space where the joy of skating is accessible to all, promoting physical activity and engagement among Glasgow's youth. This project exemplifies how thoughtful design and technological ingenuity can come together to support a noble cause, paving the way for a more inclusive and active future.




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