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December 9 2011

Nord complete South Block artists studios
A former textiles warehouse in Glasgow's Merchant City has been converted into a £3.5m arts and creative industries hub by Wasps Studios.

It provides low cost studio space for fine artists and crafts people plus offices for social enterprises by using monies raised through commercial lets as subsidies.

South Block was fashioned from the four storey Edwardian building by Nord Architects.

David Cook, Wasps Studios CEO, said: “The South Block regeneration is creating a vibrant new space for artists, creative businesses and social enterprises which will help build the local economy.

“Many artists and craftspeople work on their own, or in small groups, and do not generate the kind of profits needed to pay commercial rents.  Wasps offer essential support through low-cost studios. This can make it easier for them to focus solely on creating their artwork, building their careers and earning commissions or making sales.”

Wasps Studios plan further such developments across Scotland in the coming years to satisfy pent up demand.

Photographs taken by Rob McDougall.
David Cook is masterminding a significant development pipeline of studio space
David Cook is masterminding a significant development pipeline of studio space
South Block has already secured tenants for 70 of the 96 available workspaces
South Block has already secured tenants for 70 of the 96 available workspaces

5 Comments

Stonemason
#1 Posted by Stonemason on 9 Dec 2011 at 15:55 PM
Surely that’s not a completed photo ?
From the outside it looks just as derelict as it did before
Mac Student
#2 Posted by Mac Student on 10 Dec 2011 at 10:33 AM
Went to a great Robin Lee lecture yesterday!
brilliant imho a top architect.
Stuart
#3 Posted by Stuart on 10 Dec 2011 at 19:47 PM
A friend send me a text too late. I think it was poorly advertised. Sorry I missed it. His Wexford Council building looked very good in the AJ a little while back.
Alison Fullerton
#4 Posted by Alison Fullerton on 12 Dec 2011 at 14:56 PM
Just a quick note to say that we're still finishing off the fit out of some of the offices but will post completed photos in the architectural press soon. Also, Stuart, if you're interested in studio space you may not be too late. Please get in touch with Wasps if you're interested! Thanks, Alison (Wasps)
Sven
#5 Posted by Sven on 13 Dec 2011 at 14:25 PM
Not exactly in the 'Merchant City', though a fabricated name makes it difficult to give borders to. Is it not Briggait/Broomilaw? Anyway, did the £3,5 Million not involve cleaning the sandstone facade?

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