Standing tall north of the Forth and Clyde canal is The Whisky Bond, a seven-storey creative factory housing a diverse range of studios, communal working environments, workspaces and a public gallery. Originally built for Highland Distilleries in 1957, The Whisky Bond is located in the newly emerging creative and cultural neighbourhood in Speirs Locks, home to: Scottish Opera, National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow Academy of Music Theatre & Arts, The Royal Conservatoire and The Glue Factory.
The Whisky Bond is designed to suit the needs of creative projects and the people who generate them. It’s more than a physical space. With a regular programme of events, talks, performances, hacks and parties an exciting community thrives, where collaboration is encouraged and new contacts are made.
The lower three floors of the building are home to Glasgow Sculpture Studios (GSS) – a unique centre for research, production and presentation of contemporary sculptural practice. GSS support a vibrant community of established artists and emerging talent, as well as offering first-class workshop facilities to artists, tenants and the general public. A large ground floor gallery hosts their visual arts programme and presents work from established and emerging artists.
Communal spaces in the building, including the ground floor café, are laid out to encourage social bustle and flow. On the 3rd floor you’ll find The Distillery – an open plan, co-working space designed to suit the evolving working styles of freelancers, start-ups and those who require a flexible working space. In The Distillery, everything’s at hand – members can turn up, switch on and start work. It’s somewhere they come to focus on work but also to be around their neighbours – artists, designers, architects, journalists, producers etc. who will be found at the next desk, through the wall or having coffee on the sofa beside them.
Adding to those already occupied on the 3rd floor, in the Autumn of this year a range of new offices and workspaces will be available. These will build on the industrial nature of the building and provide blank canvases aimed at creative businesses who wish to move away from offices with no identity, to a more exciting space where they can also become part of The Whisky Bond community.
The Whisky Bond takes a leading role in the regeneration of Speirs Locks. Not only a thriving working environment, with a canal-side location and great views of the city, The Whisky Bond offers an alternative to the congested busyness of the city centre. The opportunity for exercise, lunches by the waterside and access to a lovely community garden help create a greater, healthier work/life balance.