Victorian Warehouse on banks of Forth & Clyde canal undergoes extensive renovation following RBS funding package

Engine Works Garden

Royal Bank of Scotland funding has helped transform a Victorian Warehouse on the banks of the Forth & Clyde into a multipurpose events venue.

The Engine Works, built in 1837, was the recipient of a six-figure funding package and the three-floor venue now includes multiple studios available for rent.

Catering facilities have also been added to the renovated property, while the main performance and events area is flexible enough to host events, performances and artists from across the disciplines.

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There is also a substantial private garden area overlooking the canal with an outbuilding that can also be utilised as studio space.  

The architectural renovation has also preserved many of the original Victorian features, while The Engine Room, one of the largest spaces, features an original Henry Royce crane, in a nod to the building’s industrial past.

Five businesses have already taken space at the newly-opened building, with over fifty weddings and celebrations booked for the coming year.

The Engine Works employs five full-time members of staff, with hopes to expand the events team as demand increases.

Michael McDonagh, owner of The Engine Works, said: “This building has deep roots within the community and we wanted to stay true to its heritage by preserving as many original features as possible.

“We’ve always seen the potential of this once abandoned building and are pleased to see others recognising its beauty too.

“We’ve already signed up five local businesses for office space and have a number of celebrations including weddings in the pipeline.

“This project really has been a labour of love, and we are pleased that we can finally share this wonderful building with the local community of Maryhill and help others to create lasting memories.”

Jack Malcolm, relationship manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “Michael and Adele have dedicated themselves to this project over the last four years and it really shows.

“The building has been lovingly restored, with care taken to celebrate the building’s industrial past as well as create a modern, high-end space for users.

“The events spaces are already booking up and we’ve no doubt this venture will be a success. We wish Michael and Adele all the best with this unique development.”

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