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The Garment Factory, Glasgow

Retrofit of a former garment factory to form CAT-A+ offices

The Garment Factory is an award winning, best-in-class office development in Glasgow's Merchant city. The project took a near derelict former clothing factory which had a second life as council and NHS offices before falling into disrepair and created a fit-for purpose, sustainable, flexible, office building.


Following an extensive de-furbishment and with the retrofit of 21st century services and creature comforts the building was brought resoundingly back to life as contemporary office space over 8 levels.


Ross was project architect with Morgan McDonnell Architecture from inception to completion playing a pivotal role in the design of the building. Ross developed an efficient layout, enhancing the building's net to gross ratio through sensitive internal alterations, revealing the building's original layout and character through historical analysis and thorough site investigations and crafting a game changing commercial offer with a strong brand identity.


By retaining the character of the original building and adding modern facilities such as a flexible reception lounge and cafe accessible at street level, high spec cycle storage, changing and showers, and multi-purpose games room, a truly unique workplace was born.


The project has received multiple accolades:

British Council for Offices Regional award for Best Recycled/Refurbished Workplace 2019 RICS awards - Best Commercial Project 2018

RIAS/Historic Environment Scotland Award - Conservation and Climate Change award

The Herald Property Awards for Scotland - Commercial Project of the Year


Scottish Design Awards - Re-use of a Listed Building - Commendation

AJ Retrofit Awards 2018 - Listed Building over £5million - Finalist

Scottish Property Awards 2019 - Architectural Excellence (Commercial Use) & Development of the Year (Commercial Buildings) - Finalist



Completion: September 2017
Castleforge Partners
Architect: Morgan McDonnell Architecture
Architect: Morgan McDonnell Architecture
Project Manager: PMP
Principal Contractor: ISG

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