Wasps' £3.5m makeover

22 Feb 2011

A rundown Merchant City building is undergoing a £3.5million revamp to create affordable studio space for artists and businesses.

The new creative hub at 48 King Street is being transformed into 63 artists studios and 29 offices for creative companies.

The space will be run by charity WASPS, which stands for Workshop and Artists' Studio Provision Scotland.

It provides affordable studio space to more than 750 working artists and already runs five buildings in Glasgow, including the nearby Trongate 103 Gallery and Dovehill Studios in the East End.

Last year it also completed a £6.5m transformation of the city's former fishmarket, the Briggait, on the banks of the Clyde, from a derelict eyesore into studios, shop units and a public courtyard.

WASPS fundraising and communications manager Alison Fullerton said the council-owned building on King Street will see two floors turned into workspace for visual artists and arts organisations, with two floors set aside for creative commercial enterprises such as architects and graphic designers.

Money for the project has come from Creative Scotland, the Scottish Investment Fund, Scottish Enterprise, Merchant City Initiative, Glasgow City Heritage Trust, the European Regeneration Development Fund, Triodos Bank and Glasgow City Council.

Source: Evening Times - Wasps' £3.5m makover

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