The new development designed by Collective Architecture seeks to transform the rear halls, corner block and gapsite into a creative industries hub that reconnects the building with the River Clyde and secures this important historical landmark for the city.
Currently when viewed from Clyde Street, The Briggait is an unloved building with a semi-derelict air, giving no sense to passers-by of the wonderful soaring roof and bright airy spaces. The building – originally constructed between 1873 and 1914 – was used as the city’s fish market and viewed as one of Glasgow’s architectural icons. This redevelopment will address the ongoing issues with the existing building fabric and safeguard its iconic status as an important building for Glasgow and its people.
The design aims to create a vibrant and engaging frontage to the River Clyde, providing a flexible, sustainable creative hub to complement and grow the cultural community that has been resident in the developed parts of The Briggait complex since the completion of the first phase by Nicoll Russell Studios in 2009. Wasps currently supports a creative community at The Briggait, with around 150 people already based in the redeveloped part of the building, producing art, architecture, digital design and leading cultural organisations.
Audrey Carlin, Wasps CEO said: We are so excited to embark on this next chapter at The Briggait and breathe new life into the Category-A listed halls for Glasgow’s creative industries and the public to appreciate. We’re now one step closer to realising the building’s full potential in making space for even more creativity with the news of our plans for The Briggait being approved.
Nicole Davidson, Project Architect said ~: It is a privilege to be working with Wasps and the design team on such an important building for the people of Glasgow and the city itself. Wasps’ vision to bring the currently undeveloped Clydeside halls back into use is an exciting opportunity to breathe life back into these incredible spaces. Through conservation focused fabric repairs and minor interventions, the proposals will both safeguard the existing building, provide flexible spaces to support the creative and cultural sectors and provide a vibrant frontage to the River Clyde.
Artist tenants at The Briggait welcome visitors to their creative studios in May
One of the most historically significant buildings in Glasgow will be open to the public on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May, as the artist occupants encourage curious cultural enthusiasts to pay them a visit.
The Briggait, Glasgow’s former fish market which is located on the north bank of the River Clyde, has, for the past 12 years, served as an artist and creative industries complex and has been a workplace to award winning artists including two Turner Prize winners. On the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May, forty creatives will open their studio doors to the public, providing a rare opportunity for visitors to experience what happens at one of the country’s most prolific arts centres.
The Briggait Open Studios will be open to visitors from 11am to 5pm on both the Saturday and Sunday, access via the main hall’s entrance on Bridgegate, providing access to over thirty studios and forty artists.
Artist and The Briggait Studio Representative Margaret Archbold: “Our studios and workshops are usually closed to the general public. Open Studio events are incredibly special occasions, giving insight into artists, makers, their practices and our amazing building. Welcoming visitors for this particular weekend will be a huge boost to the studios creative life post-lockdown. We can’t wait to meet everyone.”
The Briggait is managed by Wasps, Scotland’s national provider of creative spaces, a charity dedicated to providing affordable artist studios. Wasps has begun a project to develop the unused spaces at The Briggait and is collecting opinions on what services the riverside renovation might offer to the public. The consultation can be undertaken while visiting the Open Studios or online anytime at www.waspsstudios.org.uk/briggait.
The Briggait Open Studios is on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May, from 11am to 5pm and is free to attend.
For more information visit Wasps’ website www.waspsstudios.org.uk.