• Phoenix Nursery, Test Unit 2018



Alongside Civic House is the Phoenix Nursery site which is currently being developed to create a ‘commons for collaboration’ – a flexible common resource for like-minded organisations, partners and individuals.

Historically the main public space for the area and home to children’s playground Phoenix Park, this site however, has since fallen into ruin and until 2016 lay vacant and abandoned – creating a public eyesore and attracting a high volume of anti-social behaviour.

We are exploring an incremental development process with this – allowing short term activity to connect with long-term aims. Our ambition is to ensure any work done on the site has long-lasting value and considers the future direction and use of this site.


As this site is now stripped back and with an initial set of first moves to improve and enhance the physical qualities of the site, we are now able to accommodate and support a range of activities and uses on the site.

We would like to explore how to utilise local resources in sustainable ways and promote principles of re-use, re-cycling and circular processes.

As such we are now home to the Glasgow Tool Library whose goal is to challenge the unsustainable relationship of tool ownership by running workshops and events that question assumptions of ownership and behaviours – the Phoenix Nursery site will be host to these workshops which are delivered as part of Agile City’s Saturday School programme.

This site is versatile and we are keen to explore new ideas and opportunities that support their ongoing development and activation.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a new project, event or idea for this site.