Design Awards 2013
South Block Creative Industries Hub
NORD Architecture Ltd
Winner: Design Award
South Block is a new cultural and creative industries hub set within Glasgow’s Merchant City. Although unlisted, the monumental five storey block is a strong player within the city’s historic civic core.
Having acquired the 5150 sqm Edwardian Free Style warehouse to undertake a new venture, WASPS appointed NORD to design and deliver the refurbishment of Wasps King Street Artist Studios.
The project brief was to upgrade, restore and refurbish the existing building’s assets making all studio accommodation ‘fit for purpose’.
An extremely tight budget (£426 per sqm) required careful consideration. NORD acted strategically by subtly implementing new parts that would enhance the existing spatial qualities. This enabled a sustainable light touch approach while boldly imposing a new utilitarian aesthetic.
The newly refurbished development now provides 96 flexible studios, and has attracted over 220 people working in the creative industries, contributing to Glasgow’s wider regeneration policy.