Civic House is a workspace, venue and canteen that supports creative learning and socially engaged approaches to city making. Located in Speirs Locks, north Glasgow, we aim to provide space and a public programme that stimulates ideas for a positive future for the city.
Civic House was built in the 1920s for ‘Civic Press LTD’ – a print works that specialised in the publishing of posters and publications for unions and political movements. It was acquired in November 2016 with the support of Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) and has been developed to retain as many of the original features as possible.
In July 2021 we completed our ‘Passivhaus retrofit’ project – completely insulating the exterior of the building, installing triple glazed windows, heat recovery systems and solar PV panels – by reducing our heat demand and generating local power we hope that the building is energy net positive. We’ll be monitoring for the first year of operation and keep you posted on the results!
Civic House is a project initiated by Agile City, a community interest company that creates space for work, events and learning.
Our objective for Civic House is to advocate for services, education and research based around our core themes:
Cultural and Social Enterprise
We believe cultural and social enterprise is at the heart of a healthy economy. As a society we face huge challenges that require people to work together to create positive social impact. We aim to connect ideas, people and facilities which support collective action towards a positive future for Glasgow.
Sustainability in Action
The climate emergency is the critical issue of our time. Such a large and complex issue can feel daunting and we are on a journey of constant improvement to reduce our carbon emissions. We aim to create space for work and events to enhance our collective climate literacy and build a culture of positive action.
We aim to support ambitious projects that test how buildings, spaces and cities are produced in more sustainable and equitable ways. Through providing facilities for ideas and action we aim to build capacity for making, designing and improving the city around us – led by a belief that small action at a local level can have significant impact.
Civic House is situated just below the Forth & Clyde canal and just north of Glasgow City centre (5 mins walk). In the early 1900s it was one of the most densely populated areas in the developed world due to the cluster of industry around the canal.
Following industrial decline and the construction of the M8 motorway in the 1960s, the area was cut off from the city centre and quickly declined, causing deep-rooted social, economic and spatial problems. Since 2006 there has been a growing momentum of change in the area driven by cultural, sports and social initiatives.
This has led to the initiation of the Glasgow Canal Co-operative to inform the development of the area in partnership with local people and organisations. Civic House aims to support this activity by providing space for work, production, discussion and social activity.
7, 68, 71a, 72, 75 and M3 bus routes from Buchanan Bus Station
3 Minute walk from Cowcaddens subway station
7 Minute walk from St Georges cross subway station
15 Minute walk from both Charing Cross and Queen Street Train Station
Civic House is a 2 minute drive from M8 Motorway – Junction 17