McLellan Works ambitious plans revealed

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Ambitious plans revealed for McLellan Works – an exciting new creative space for Glasgow businesses

One of Glasgow’s most elegant and attractive buildings, situated at the heart of the city’s famous Sauchiehall Street, is set to be transformed into a prime SME and co-working space. McLellan Works will become home to ambitious and creative SME businesses and incorporate a curated mix of outstanding local retail, food and café operators and is proposed to open in Autumn 2019.

Housed in a striking but currently neglected building, McLellan Works occupies an entire block on Sauchiehall Street. Now, as outlined in a detailed planning application just submitted to Glasgow City Council, McLellan Works will set new standards in working spaces and will combine:

  • a high quality, dynamic and flexible shared work and co-working environment targeting established and SME businesses
  • formal and informal meeting spaces
  • a curated mix of handpicked retailers
  • an on-trend entrance and co-work space with an artisan café and possible links to the Glasgow School of Art (GSA)

The development is being led by McLellan Works’ new owner, Bywater Properties, with its transformative redesign being carried out by Glasgow based architects, Stallan Brand, while local design house, Graphical House is leading the development of the brand identity.

The innovative building will complement the £7 million investment programme on Sauchiehall Street – part of the city’s “Avenues Project” – which sees the creation of wider pavements, a two-way cycle lane and improved lighting and seating areas. With an established arts and cultural scene, vibrant retail offerings and burgeoning food and drink choices on its doorstep, space within the refurbished McLellan Works is expected to be in high demand, once it is completed in Autumn 2019.

The building has 3,200 square metres (34,440 square feet) of mixed co-working and SME office space over the upper three storeys. The ground floor commercial space has 871 square metres (9,366 square feet) of retail and commercial space. A focal point will be the central entrance with an artisan café and meeting spaces providing access to the building. McLellan Works will continue to serve as the entrance for the McLellan Galleries, which stands immediately behind the building and is currently occupied by the Glasgow School of Art.

Theo Michell, Principal at Bywater Properties, said:

“This is a beautiful but currently neglected building at the heart of one of Glasgow’s most popular and loved streets. We’re very proud of our plans to breathe new life into a landmark building in such a fantastic location.

“The prospect of a disruptive space like McLellan Works being situated in such a creative and vibrant part of the city, which has strong links to the creative powerhouse that is Glasgow School of Art, is very exciting. We’re looking forward to welcoming businesses that want to be part of McLellan Works and help boost Glasgow’s jobs and economy.” 

Keri Monaghan, Project Architect of Glasgow-based Stallan Brand, said:

“This dynamic project offers the opportunity to unlock a piece of Glasgow’s history by reinstating the presence of the McLellan Galleries on Sauchiehall Street. We are delighted to be a part of these proposals to re-establish the city’s connection to a piece of cultural heritage while also maintaining a listed building, delivering attractive office space, and contributing to the ongoing improvements being made to Sauchiehall Street.”

The McLellan Galleries, which sit within the same block as McLellan Works, were originally built in 1855 to house the art collection of Archibald McLellan, a local coach builder, councillor and patron of the arts. From 1869 the galleries were home to the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) until its move to the Mackintosh Building in 1899.  Then for many years elegant department store Trerons occupied what is now McLellan Works. The impressive Sauchiehall Street block retains a strong connection with Glasgow School of Art to this day as the GSA currently occupies McLellan Galleries. In recent years the building around the galleries operated as Breckenridge House, with a mix of commercial tenants and retail units on Sauchiehall Street.

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