The Briggait is a beautiful A listed building at the historic entrance to Glasgow City Centre, bordering the River Clyde and the Merchant City. Operating as the city’s fishmarket for over a decade, the building is made up of a series of soaring market halls, constructed between 1873 and 1903. It is a recognisable landmark on the city’s skyline, as the halls incorporate the Merchant’s Steeple Clocktower, dating back to 1655.
Wasps is a registered charity and social enterprise. Our aim is to be an inspirational home for creative practice. Wasps has been providing affordable studio space and opportunities to support Scotland’s artists since 1977. We are now home to Scotland’s largest creative community. The Briggait has been Wasps head office, and our largest studio building in Scotland since 2009.
Wasps specialises in finding creative, economic and positive community use for heritage buildings which may otherwise be lost. In 2009, Wasps redeveloped about half of the Briggait Market Halls complex, to create artists’ studios, office, and exhibition space for Glasgow’s arts community. Up to 150 creative people now work at the Briggait daily. The restored 1873 hall also hosts a range of cultural, community, and social events and activities throughout the year.
Around 1000sqm of the Briggait Market Halls remain empty and undeveloped, their condition deteriorating, and the ornate entrance from Clyde St obscured. We need to ensure 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 focussed 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.
What facilities would you like to see? What creative activities would you like to be happening? How can Glasgow better utilise its river connection? Give us your thoughts about how The Briggait can best serve the local community and we will add them to our Ideas Wall.
See some of the responses to our key survey questions collected through our online survey and in person at The Briggait. You can also visit The Briggait in person to find out more about the proposals. Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-5.30pm.
The Briggait has an amazing history dating back to Medieval Glasgow – take a look at the resources below to find out more:
Bringing The Briggait fully back into sustainable cultural and community use is a key ambition for Wasps. Read about our achievements to date, how we support our network, and meet some of our Glasgow-based creatives: