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.
The building was built in the 1920s for ‘Civic Press LTD’ – a print works that specialised in 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 and to optimise energy performance in order to reduce its environmental impact.
Civic House is a project initiated by Agile City, a community interest company that creates space for work, events and learning.
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.
We have split up the design and development process of the building into phases, punctuated by various events and activities – a summer school, wedding, festival hub, talks and exhibitions. This has allowed us to test the space through occupation, which has informed our design decisions.
The capital development of the building is ongoing and we are currently fundraising to support the sustainable development of Civic House.
Civic House has been acquired and developed with generous support from:
- Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund
- Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Climate Challenge Fund. From this fund we have been awarded a grant of £101,048* to improve the efficiencies and lower the carbon emissions of the building, and to deliver an outreach programme to explore sustainable city development.*Includes maximum funding of £29,156 from the European Regional Development Fund.
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