The tours on Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September will take visitors around the currently occupied parts of the building, including the 1873 Hall and Guildry Court. Join Wasps then for a rare glimpse of the inner workings of The Briggait today, as a creative hub hosting 100 artists and makers.
Built during the latter half of the 19th century up until the beginning of the 20th century, The Briggait was Glasgow’s fish market for over 100 years. In the 1970s, the fish market was relocated to Blochairn, allowing The Briggait to fall into a state of disrepair. Plans for its demolition were stopped by the Bridgegate Trust (known today as the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust) in the 1980s, before The Briggait briefly became a boutique shopping centre. A shortlived venture, the building once again closed its doors until Wasps Studios took over and restored The Briggait in 2009, establishing it as a creative centre for artists based across Glasgow.
The tours on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September will take visitors into the currently empty 1899 and 1904 Halls within The Briggait complex. As of July 2023, Clark Contracts are on-site to restore and transform these disused halls into dynamic events spaces that the creatives of The Briggait and Glasgow can enjoy. The tour will be hosted by the Clark Contracts team, who will discuss this latest project with Wasps Studios and the building as it stands today. Click here for more information on the current development.
Around 1000sqm of The Briggait Market Halls are empty and undeveloped, their condition deteriorating, and the ornate entrance from Clyde Street obscured. By embarking on this exciting project, we are ensuring this valuable asset is conserved and put back into public use, allowing communities and visitors to enjoy the full complement of spaces and activities in the building for many years to come. Our plans are now focused on saving these halls and developing more space for creativity, more markets, more places to meet and more things to do, for the people of Glasgow and visitors to the city.
Click here for the Wasps’ Eventbrite page and the book a free tour spot.