Whiskey bond conversion is a work of art

A former whiskey bond is set to become the new home of the Glasgow Sculpture Studio.

The 100,000 sq ft, seven-storey building will be transformed from warehouse space into a gallery, creative workshop facilities and affordable office space. Also included in the £2.5 million scheme is a waterside sculpture space that will showcase the Studio’s work.

The exciting new space will join the growing creative neighbourhood around Glasgow’s canal, including the National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Opera and The Glue Factory.

David Watt, Director of Glasgow Sculpture Studio, said:

“The move to Speirs Locks marks an important development for Glasgow Sculpture Studios. As well as being a permanent base, the new premises will enable us to increase the number of studios and improve our production facilities.

“The new galleries, which will be launched with our 2012 GI Show, will offer greater flexibility for presentation of work created at GSS, and the improved education facilities will enable us to expand this important aspect of our work.”

Construction works began in August 2011 and have included the installation of new windows, the creation of a new lift and stairwell and the installation of a new roof membrane. Internal works have included the installation of tile and ceramic flooring and the renewal of the existing mechanical and electrical services.

Architect for the project is Five Architecture and the main contractor is Luddon Construction.

Douglas Currie, Luddon Construction, said:

“The challenge was to form a stairwell and lift within an existing structure, which has posed some difficulties. However, working with an existing building is always interesting and this has been an exciting project to work on.

“This was in no small part due to the excellent relationship that we have formed with the client, who has been a pleasure to work with. If any issues have arisen during the project, they have been dealt with as a team and resolved quickly – which has in turn facilitated the steady progression of the construction phase.”

The new Glasgow Sculpture Studio is set to open in May 2012.

Baker Decor Ltd

Baker Decor Ltd is a painting and decorating contractor that has operated since 2005. The company has a wide client base of commercial builders, social landlords and housing associations, hotel and entertainment venues and also domestic customers.

For the Bond Building project, Baker Decor Ltd delivered all aspects of painting and decorating works throughout the building.

A spokesperson for Baker Decor Ltd said:

“We pride ourselves on our quality workmanship and high levels of customer service and customer focus. We offer a personal customer experience regardless of the size of the contract.

“We at Baker Decor Ltd have welcomed the challenge of being involved in the rebirth of the Bond Building. We have worked closely with Luddon Construction to deliver all aspects of painting, decoration and Ames Taping works.

“This has been a very exciting project that we are very proud to be a part of.”

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