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Collective wins contest to overhaul Glasgow’s Briggait

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Collective Architecture has won the £4 million job to transform the Category A-listed former fish market into an arts centre

The project, for the client behind NORD’s 2013 Doolan Prize winner Wasps Studios, will convert the 1873 building in Glasgow’s Merchant Quarter into a home for dance and physical performance.

The scheme, which is the second phase of the redevelopment of the Briggait, will also create Scotland’s first purpose built accessible space for disabled dancers.

It includes six dance studios, spaces for practising circus skills such as trapeze, changing facilities, and a social enterprise café.

The £6.5 million first phase of the building’s transformation was completed by Nicoll Russell Studios five years ago.

The second phase by Collective will occupy a 1,115m² derelict space within the building which was not included in Nicoll Russell’s initial regeneration.

The former fish market first closed in 1976 before being transformed into a temporary shopping mall ten years later. The building was unused for twenty years before Wasps Studios acquired it in 2001.

Audrey Carlin, Wasps’ executive director for corporate services, said: ‘This is a project of huge value to the future of the arts in Scotland. We are extremely pleased to have architects on board who have such a clear commitment to the project and a sense of excitement about what can be achieved.

‘We are providing professional and amateur artists and performers with an amazing new centre where they can come together to work, rehearse, hold classes, plan collaborations and perform shows.

‘At the same time the project will ensure that one of Glasgow’s most important historic buildings is sensitively redeveloped to give it a sustainable future and to contribute further to the regeneration of the Clyde waterfront and Merchant City.’

Jude Barber, project director for Collective Architecture, added: ‘We are familiar with the wonderful Briggait building, which involves many exciting opportunities and challenges. To have the opportunity to develop a major cultural centre within such a splendid historical setting overlooking the River Clyde is incredibly special.’


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