Posted on February 12, 2016
Planning Application Submitted for Briggait Creation Centre
The £5million Briggait Creation Centre will give Glasgow its first dedicated public base for dance and Scotland’s first purpose built accessible space for disabled dancers. It will also be Scotland’s first home for the rapidly growing physical performance sector – which includes circus, street theatre, flying trapeze and other aerial skills.
Following on from the £6.8m first phase of redevelopment in 2009, Collective Architecture have been appointed as Lead Consultant for the second phase of development, led by current occupants Wasps Studios to provide a Creation Centre that will meet the needs of the dance and physical performance sectors and enhance the building’s current offering to artists and the wider public. This will develop a 12,000 sq ft area that is as yet undeveloped, which includes the remaining parts of the 1889 and 1904 halls, along with a gap site on Clyde Street, directly facing the river.
Creation Centres are relatively common in Europe but not the UK. They are spaces for multi- disciplinary art making, often focusing on outdoor performance but mixing visual art, performance, circus and other art forms.
It will provide a creative hub for 600 professional artists, physical performers and dancers. This in turn will help retain and develop talented artists of all abilities in Scotland, nurturing their skills from entry level to international professional.
The project aspires to provide a modern, visionary and innovative design solution which will deliver the functional requirements identified within the project brief, in a manner sensitive to the buildings heritage and within the tight budget available.