“Normally office buildings speak of generic environments. Here, within a tailored set of spaces, interaction and the promise of collaboration is easy to imagine.” – BBC

South Block is a 50,000 sq.ft, four storey studio complex in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City. The £3.5 million regeneration of South Block, a former textiles warehouse, was carried out by Wasps Studios, a Scottish social enterprise and charity, and designed by award-winning architects, NORD. At South Block there are 96 studios in total for visual and applied artists, cultural social enterprises and creative businesses.


We all spend a huge amount of time at work – many of us spend more time at work than at home. So it’s important to be in a good environment; a welcoming place that you look forward to working in.

We think South Block is that place. It offers the potential for creative people – whether you’re a visual artist, social entrepreneur, or commercial business owner – to make inspiring work, develop your career, grow your business, collaborate and meet like-minded people.

We provide straightforward, flexible workspaces that you can stamp with your own taste, brand, identity and ethos. And all this happens in a professional but laid back, sociable and friendly environment.

Please click here to download the South Block schedule with studio layout and plans.

The South Block project cost £3.5 million and we are tremendously grateful to the following funders for their support: Creative Scotland; Scottish Investment Fund; Scottish Enterprise; European Regional Development Fund; Glasgow City Council; Glasgow City Heritage Trust; and Merchant City Townscape Heritage Initiative.

What kind of studios are there?
  • 96 workspaces in total ranging from 200 sq.ft to 2000 sq.ft.
  • 25 offices for creative companies
  • 7 offices for social enterprises working in the cultural sector
  • 64 studios for visual artists and makers
Facilities & Space to share
  • Comfy lounge area
  • Ground floor retail / exhibition space
  • Furnished meeting rooms
  • Outdoor roof terrace
  • Toilets, showers & kitchens
  • Integrated seating areas
  • Infrastructure connectivity for telephone and broadband
Access and Security
  • Staffed reception during office hours
  • 24 hour access with out-of-hours entrance/exit
  • Controlled access for tenants & visitors
  • 2014 Scotland Winner – Social Enterprise Awards
  • 2013 Winner – Scottish Building of the Year, Andrew Doolan Prize, RIAS Awards
  • 2013 Winner – Historic Scotland Award for Conservation and Climate Change, RIAS Awards
  • 2013 Winner – Commercial Category, RIAS Awards
  • 2013 Winner – Interior Design Category, Scottish Design Awards
  • 2013 Commendation – Low Cost Projects Category, Scottish Design Awards

South Block is fully let right now, but for tenancy enquiries about other Wasps properties email info@waspsstudios.org.uk.

For room hire enquiries, and everything else, contact:

Clementine Drake, Ishbel Mackenzie & Claire Oliver
0141 271 4700