Civic House is a public kitchen, workspace and venue in Speirs Locks, north Glasgow. It is a project initiated by Agile City, an independent studio that develops space for creative use.
The building was acquired in November 2016 with the support of Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF). The building (built c.1920) has been developed to retain as many of the original features as possible, and is now undergoing an initial round of capital works to improve the thermal performance and reduce the environmental impact of the building.
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 issues. 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 drive the development of the area in partnership with local people and organisations.The aim of Civic House is to support this activity by providing space for work, production, discussion and social activity.
We have broken up the design and development process of the building into phases that have been punctuated by various events and activities in the space – a summer school, wedding, festival hub, talks and exhibitions. This activity 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:
Civic House is a 2 minute drive from M8 Motorway – Junction 17
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
7 Minute walk from both Charing Cross and Queen Street Train Station