akp to revamp Glasgow arts and events venue
akp Scotland is set to deliver a refurbishment project at one of Scotland’s leading multi-discipline arts venues.
SWG3 located on Eastvale Place is to undergo an extensive refurbishment to transform derelict land around the perimeter of the venue to significantly improve the experience for visitors coming to the area.
With funding received from the Scottish Government, a new creative thoroughfare with public art and improved lighting on Eastvale Place will be formed opening up access to a new community garden and growing space. The new plans will see the creation of a new rear terrace, underground storage area, a refreshed new foyer area and well as further alterations and enhancements elsewhere within the venue.
Over the last decade, SWG3 has reimagined Glasgow’s industrial heritage – transforming an old galvaniser’s yard by the River Clyde into one of Europe’s most reputable and vibrant cultural hubs - attracts over 250,000 visitors per annum. Currently, the venue houses 120 resident artists and creative businesses; sub-lets 19 (of 26) railway archways; and hosts around 500 events annually, from concerts to global brands to street-food festivals.
The project being carried out by akp follows on from recent news that the venue was recently awarded over half a million pounds of funding to develop a dedicated street graffiti district, which will see parts of Partick, Yorkhill and Govan illuminated with large-scale murals.
And, as hospitality across Scotland gears up to re-open later this year, these refurbishment works could not be better timed.
This is another successful collaboration between akp and architect Stallan-Brand with the duo having completed the Refurbishment of the Iconic McLellan Works on Sauchiehall Street.
Andrew Fleming Brown, founder of SWG3, said: “We are hugely grateful to Clyde Mission for this grant. The funding is crucial in enabling us to begin work on the delivery of our masterplan; a plan designed to expand and transform SWG3 into a greener, year-round cultural destination, and to better connect us with communities surrounding the complex.”
Alistair Brand of Stallan-Brand added: “SWG3 are Scotland’s most progressive Arts and Events venue and Stallan-Brand have been working closely with their team over the last few years on aspirational proposals to upgrade the facilities. We are delighted to be working once again with akp to deliver the first phase of the works.”
Martin McColl, managing director of akp Scotland, said: “We are enormously proud to be involved in delivering the exciting infrastructure works at SWG3 and are committed to ensuring it is completed to the very highest standard.”