A landmark building at the heart of Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow is to be transformed into prime small and medium-sized enterprise and co-working space.

McLellan Works will become home to ambitious and creative SME businesses and incorporate a mix of local retail, food and café operators and is scheduled to open in Autumn next year.

It will bring a boost to the street hit by two devastating fires, including the razing of the Glasgow School of Art, brought major access problems to the area with some firms saying business had been decimated by the disruption.

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 firm, Graphical House is leading the development of the brand identity.

The developer claimed the building will set new standards in working spaces and will combine flexible working space, meeting places, handpicked retailers and possible links to the art school.

McLellan Works will continue to be the entrance for the McLellan Galleries, which stands immediately behind the building and is currently occupied by the art school.


Theo Michell, pictured above (left) with fellow principal at Bywater Properties Patrick O'Gorman, 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, Stallan Brand project architect, 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.”

The McLellan Galleries, which sit in 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.