The Whisky Bond, Spiers Locks, Glasgow (RICS Awards 2015 Regeneration – Highly Commended)

Conversion and refurbishment of a visually prominent seven storey, concrete framed former whisky bond building at Spiers Locks in Glasgow. Built in the 1950’s for Highland Distilleries this canalside regeneration project included works for Glasgow Sculpture Studios to create the largest arts studio complex in Scotland incorporating metal, wood and resin workshops, design studios and gallery spaces over three floors. The remaining upper floors are being developed to provide flexible serviced workspace for small & start-up creative businesses. Valuable city centre parking for 80 cars has also been provided for building tenants and visitors.

Network Five is based at The Whisky Bond and is currently working on the fit-out of the top floor for the relocation of Scottish Canals offices in the west of Scotland.

Working to a tight financial budget, the design uses an industrial aesthetic and a simple pallet of materials. The existing concrete frame has been left exposed as have the new mechanical & electrical services. This has allowed the creation of a robust, no frills workspace for the city’s creative community whilst also giving the building and the Speirs Locks area a fresh lease of life.

“Quite simply, Network 5 has been essential to the successful delivery of the first phases of redevelopment of The Whisky Bond. From the outset, the Team has exceeded our expectations, not only in terms of quality of design, but also by demonstrating creativity and continued resourcefulness against what has been a challenging budget and incredibly tight timescale. At the heart of this approach lies a willingness and drive to collaborate – a commitment that has helped ensure the project is one we are all proud of”.

Gary Watt, Development Manager, ISIS Waterside Developments 

David Watt of Glasgow Sculpture Studios talks about the project: Link to client video

Photography: Alan Dimmick