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Why we love working in Speirs Wharf

1. It’s in Glasgow

Everyone knows Glasgow is the greatest city out there. Ok, we might be slightly biased, but there’s a reason Glasgow repeatedly tops lists as one of the world’s top destinations.

Not only is our dear green place a UNESCO City of Music, but we’ve hosted the XX Commonwealth Games, the European Championships Glasgow, and we’ve got festivals coming out of our ears. There’s TRNSMT, the West End Festival and Glasgow Film Festival to name a few.

It’s fair to say that when we leave our studio for the evening, we’re not short of things to do.

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Next stop ➡️ Glasgow Come and discover Glasgow on this picture perfect tour through our amazing city! #NextStopGlasgow

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2. Our wee studio is rather lovely

Disclaimer: we’re not really a ‘hang a guitar on the wall’, exposed brickwork kind of studio. That said, we’re pretty happy with where we spend our 9 to 5.

Our building was originally home to the Wheatsheaf Mills, part of The Port Dundas Sugar Refinery way back in the 1800s. Now, it's where Big Think (and some others) call home. Our studio is a bright, open space, where we sit together and get our creative juices flowing. We’re a pretty tight-knit bunch and although we like to share our tales of woe, there’s no room for grumps here. Luckily, we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

We’re working on some new designs to make our working space even better, so watch this space…

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Hello weekend 🕶☉

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3. The amazing views of the city

When it’s a sunny day, being on the 4th floor has its benefits (even if it means having to walk up all those flights of stairs).

Look out one side of the studio and we can see the West End sprawling before us – Glasgow University, the Hydro and the Armadillo look particularly lovely in the sunshine. Look out the other side and we get a pretty good view of the Campsie Fells. Can’t complain.

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We're away to enjoy the bank holiday weekend, hoping this weather keeps up 😎☉🍻

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4. Speirs Wharf has a ferry interesting history

Being the history buffs that we are (it’s not all coffee and design chat over here you know!), we love nothing more than learning about our studio’s heritage.

Built on the Forth & Clyde canal in the 1800s, Speirs Wharf was an integral part of Glasgow's industrial past, home to The Port Dundas Sugar Refinery, the Wheatsheaf Mills, and the Forth & Clyde Navigation Co. The canal stretches from Glasgow through to Falkirk, and provided an important commercial route from the east to west of Scotland (long before the days of cars/drones/jetpacks).

The buildings retain a lot of their original features, so going for a lunchtime stroll is like a little lesson in Glasgow history.


5. Watching the canal boats go by

History aside, the canal gives us plenty of excuses to take a well-earned break and have a gander at what’s going on outside. We’ve spent many a day looking out the window at the growing families of swans, the locals enjoying the sunshine as barges go by, and when we’re really lucky, we might even witness the occasional boating disaster!

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True excitement is watching a canal boat getting stuck. #ourviewrightnow

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6. We’ve got some very creative neighbours

Speirs Wharf may have a very industrial past, but the area is now overflowing with creativity. Sharing a postcode with the National Theatre of Scotland and the creative types over at the Whisky Bond really keeps us on our toes.

We’ve had the pleasure of witnessing some interesting events from the comfort of our studio, including NTS’s Submarine Time Machine, when a ‘submarine’ cruised by our window recently.

We were a bit worried we were all losing it one evening when we looked out to see illuminated bikes circling the Whisky Bond – imagine our relief when it turned out to be a public art installation, NVA’s Ghost Peloton. It’s fair to say there’s inspiration all around us.

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7. We can get our caffeine fix quickly

For those particularly long and tiring mornings (think last-minute requests, meetings and deadlines) we’re lucky enough to have a few cafes on our doorstep to get our caffeine fix.

Ocho Café, a few doors down, does a mean flat white and gives us an excuse to leave our desks. Friday is definitely time to start winding down for the weekend, so breakfast rolls from Up On The Hill are usually the order of the day.


8. Treat yo' selves

And finally, when we've had enough of meetings, writing briefs and flicking through pantone books, and we know that caffeine just isn’t going to cut it, we’re lucky that Ocho Spa is right on our doorstep. There’s nothing that a spot of TLC can’t fix (even if the menfolk in the office won’t admit it).


If you fancy popping in to visit us, chat about a project or just to check out where we work, just get in touch, we’d love to have you in!

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Fiona is part of the client services team, helping managing our client's marketing, branding and website projects.