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May 29 2019

Glasgow creative centre to raise the roof

Glasgow creative hub SWG3 is in line for significant expansion following the submission of plans to create a rooftop restaurant, a workspace cluster and community garden.

A masterplan prepared by Stallan-Brand would overhaul the popular event destination by rationalising the current space and maximising the utility of the current building and expanding its footprint across newly acquired land to the east and west.

A phased programme of improvements would begin with a reconfiguration of the current venue to improve flexibility and open up access to a rear garden area. Railway lands to the east meanwhile have been earmarked for a complementary workspace cluster.

Topping it all will be a rooftop restaurant positioned to maximise panoramic views. Here part of the roof would be given over to food production for a complimentary bar and terrace, which will require the construction of a rooftop extension.

Outlining the importance of this move the architects wrote: “With the recent acquisition of land to the north and west of the site there is a unique opportunity to further expand the SWG3 campus. Rather than look at these sites in isolation, a masterplan has been developed to explore how these sites can be considered strategically as part of a future vision for the wider SWG3 campus.

“The masterplan vision is structured around a number of key interventions which include; a workspace cluster, improving and rationalising the entry experience, publicly accessible gardens and a new rooftop restaurant. Whilst acting as discrete elements, the interventions will be greater than the sum of their parts and contribute to a comprehensive vision for the future of SWG3 as a hardworking and dynamic cultural destination.”

Central to this approach will be a new glazed entrance from Eastvale Place, opening onto a lobby area which may also double as a temporary gallery space.

A rooftop extension will lend the attraction new prominence
A rooftop extension will lend the attraction new prominence
Expansion has been made possible by the acquisition of adjoining land
Expansion has been made possible by the acquisition of adjoining land

New additions will burnish SWG3's cultural credentials
New additions will burnish SWG3's cultural credentials

2 Comments

monkey9000
#1 Posted by monkey9000 on 29 May 2019 at 11:51 AM
Maybe wider connections to and from the site should be considered in the masterplan.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#2 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 30 May 2019 at 11:51 AM
Credit where credit is due -- gold star for effort.
Making the most of an isolated corner of the city and are now looking to expand their offering.

Interesting contrast regarding the tumbleweed to be found to the east of the Transport / Riverside Museum.

Finally -- East vs West / BAD vs SWG3?
Who will come out on top?

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