Civic House — Coworking studio, communal canteen and flexible event space across two floors of a reimagined 1920s print works.


Civic House
26 Civic Street
Glasgow, G4 9RH

Civic House started life as ‘Civic Press LTD’ in the 1920’s and now hosts a dynamic range of activities – coworking, festivals, workshops, talks and food events (to name a few!).

Bringing together a community working across architecture, design, music, film, and food, we provide space and facilities to turn ideas into action and progress a positive future for Glasgow.

Flooded with natural light, the interior celebrates its open-plan industrial past. In 2021 we completed our Passivhaus retrofit project – reducing our energy demand and generating electricity via solar panels to become one of Scotland’s first post-industrial spaces to become energy positive.

For more information about the building, to hire one of our spaces, or become a workspace member – see the FAQ section at the bottom of the page.


Spaces for Hire at Civic House


Coworking at Civic House offers large, open-plan and flexible space for collaboration and focused work

Base Price
Up to 30
118m², 1270ft²
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Whole Ground Floor

Whole Ground Floor at Civic House offers linked spaces for larger scale events, festivals and conferences

Base Price
Up to 200
343m², 3692ft²
at Civic House


Canteen at Civic House is an open and adaptable eatery.

Base Price
Up to 200
90m², 969ft²
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Venue at Civic House is a welcoming and flexible space for events and workshops.

Base Price
Up to 200
117m², 1259ft²
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Project Space

Project Space at Civic House for meetings, workshops or exhibitions in an intimate setting.

Base Price
Up to 30
18.5m², 199ft²
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Civic House Floorplans

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Building & Hire Information

Building FAQ


Civic House was built in the 1920s without accessibility in mind. As we develop the building, we are also working to improve its accessibility.

Civic House is split over two levels, connected via stairs. There are currently no lifts, automatic / assisted doors, or dedicated Blue Badge Parking.

Ground floor: Platform lift adjacent to the main entrance, an accessible toilet, and assistance can be provided by staff.

First floor: Currently no lift to the first floor.


Business Hours
Our standard business hours are 09:00 – 17:00 (Monday to Friday)


Condition of Building
Civic House was built as a print works in 1920. Since 2018 it has been redeveloped to open up the internal spaces and insulate the exterior of the building.

The original interior materials have been left exposed, to celebrate their natural qualities and make a clear distinction between old and new finishes.


Fire Safety
There is a full fire alarm system installed which covers the entire building, emergency lights covering all exits, and extinguishers on site.

Please refer to the fire plan that is displayed in each space of the building for locations of fire escape routes and alarm call points.

An induction will be carried out and signed off for customers. Moving, tampering or removing any Health & Safety or fire safety equipment during a hire may result in deposits being withheld.


Agile City has building and public liability insurance to cover the general operations of Civic House.

This does not cover third party operations and we require all customers to be covered by their own public liability and insurance to cover all activity and anyone on site (staff, guests, public).


Making Good
Any installation or fixings required for an event should be discussed in advance. All hire spaces must be cleared and reset to the condition they were in at the start of the hire.

Any resetting or redecoration required by Agile City will be recharged to the customer and deducted from the deposit.


Civic House is a multi-use building hosting a coworking space, canteen, venue, and meeting room.

We cannot guarantee silence for filming / recording, and excessive noise for music / performance must be discussed and agreed with the Enquiry team and scheduled in advance.


There is no dedicated or free parking at Civic House, but there is a loading bay in front of the building. Paid parking bays can be found on Civic St and adjoining roads.


Ground floor: 1 x accessible toilet, 1 x mixed block with 3 open cubicles.
First floor: 2 x individual toilets, 1 x shower and drying cabinet.


Transport Links
Bus: No. 7, 68, 71A, 72, 75 and M3 bus routes from Buchanan Bus Station (Garscube Road bus stop).

Subway: 3 min walk from Cowcaddens subway station, 7 Minute walk from St George’s Cross subway station.

Train: 7 min walk from both Charing Cross and Queen Street Train Station.

Car: 2 minute drive from M8 motorway (Junction 17)

Bike: NextBike station 15 min walk from Civic House heading north on Garscube Road.


Waste Removal
General Waste, Mixed Recycling, and Glass Recycling bins are available on site for ‘general and fair use’. They are not for bulky waste – should customer activities generate more waste than normal, extra collection charges will be levied.


Civic House has a 200 Mbps fibre Wi-Fi network, which is zoned for the different spaces.

Hire FAQ


Access – Loading and Unloading
Loading is done via the bay in front of Civic St entrance. Access to the building must not be restricted during business hours, with allocated time slots arranged in advance.


Birthday Parties and Private Events
Civic House supports cultural and social activity and can occasionally apply for alcohol licences. However, we limit our private events and deliver these on a commercial basis.


If customers cancel the Hire Agreement, liability for the Hire Fee is as follows:

50% shall be payable if customer cancels between 7-14 days prior to the hire.

100% shall be payable if customer cancels less than 7 days prior to or during the hire.


Hires are not confirmed until the Terms and Conditions have been agreed, payment transferred, and a confirmation email issued.

Prior to this confirmation, Hires are considered as a ‘pencilled enquiry’ and are not guaranteed to take place.


Discounts are available for consecutive day and repeat bookings, and allocated during the booking process. Information on discount eligibility can be found here.


Dry Hire
The spaces in the building are primarily available on a ‘Dry Hire’ basis.

This means the hire of space as a ‘blank canvas’ and does not include any equipment or services. (i.e technical equipment, installation, catering, stock, operators or event staff.)

Equipment or services required will be discussed when confirming the hire and will incur additional costs.


Hire Deposits
Some hires require a security deposit – this is fully repaid post-hire if there are no damages, additional uses of space, or extra staffing hours.


Licence – Alcohol Sales
For certain events we can run a bar for alcohol sales, currently until 01:00 AM.

We do not have a permanent premises licence and have to apply for occasional licences from Glasgow City Council accordingly. (There is no guarantee a licence will be granted)

We require all details a minimum of 10 weeks prior to the event date for this application process. All applications are at the discretion of the Enquiry team.


Licensed Events – Under 18s
Under 18s are allowed into the building during the day, but not during licensed events unless stated otherwise.

All guests wishing to attend a licensed event must provide ID in the form of a valid passport or driver’s licence / provisional licence.

We operate a Challenge 25 policy and reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone. An ID or ticket does not guarantee the right of entry.


Out of Hours Access
Access outside of our bookable time slots are charged at an hourly rate and added during the quoting process depending specific requirements. (Bookable time slots can be found on the individual space pages)


Customers are required to pay the total hire fee to confirm the booking.


Smoke / Haze Machines
Smoke and haze machines can set off our fire alarm and can only be used with prior notice and agreement with the Enquiry team.


Technical Equipment
We have basic AV equipment for talks, workshops, and events – speakers, two mics, and a projector. Full details can be provided during the quote process. All other equipment is the responsibility of the customer.


During the enquiry process a viewing can be arranged to confirm hire details. Further viewings or production meetings may result in additional charges.


Civic House hosts up to 12 weddings per year. Please contact for all wedding-related enquiries.



“We loved the raw, industrial vibe for Just Start Here, our work-in-progress festival. It provided the perfect context for the audience and the artists who were trying something new – which chimes brilliantly with the ethos of the building –it was brilliant to host discussions about art and activism in a space that is centred around community progression and development. I can’t praise the Agile City team enough either, they were flexible and responsive and artistically engaged with what we wanted to achieve.”

Anna Hodgart – Engine Room Producer, National Theatre of Scotland

“Civic House provided the ideal festival hub for us. The ground floor of the venue served as café-bar, guest accreditation and screening room, which meant we were able to host festival delegates, guests, speakers and members of the public for screenings, discussions, live gigs, receptions, dinners and parties! We used Civic House Kitchen to cater for all our events and the food was excellent! The team went above and beyond to meet our hospitality and technical needs. We’re excited to continue working with Civic House in the future.”

Matt Lloyd – Director, Glasgow Short Film Festival

“As an open-source, eclectic festival we really look for our hub to support and present a great variety of our programme and we found the ideal space in Civic House. From clean, large open plan galley-style spaces to smaller, more unconventional rooms for smaller presentations We loved the additional opportunity to work outdoors via the exterior sites in front of the building – they gave us a great opportunity to really promote the festival. The team were also a joy to work with – well organised and responsive with an excellent range of skills and experience. We felt very well looked-after, comfortable and well-supported.”

Andy Summers – Director, Architecture Fringe

“Civic House as a venue is spacious, adaptable, the interior has superb natural lighting and atmosphere. We have used the event space on several occasions, the team are really professional and accommodating, with assistance on hand for any technical questions or accessibility needs. There is a real sense of the venue being for and about the community. Being situated right next to the canal is of course ideal for us and a great meeting place for us to showcase the canal networks to any guests.”

Lisa Ross – Scottish Canals

The following information outlines our pricing model and the associated costs to hire space and host activities in our buildings.

All hire fees are calculated using the following formula:

[space – discounts] + add-ons  =  total hire fee


Base Cost is the hourly cost to ‘dry hire’ the space. Dry hire means the hire of space as a ‘blank canvas’ and does not include any Add-on services (ie. duty management and equipment).

Min Booking is the minimum amount of time the space can be booked for. If you need less time than the minimum requirement, you will be charged the Base Cost x Min Booking hours for that space.

Booking Hours – Our buildings are multi-use and not all spaces are available at all times or days of the week. The price list gives an overview of Booking Hours for each of the spaces.



We offer discounts on the following criteria:

Registered Cultural & Social Enterprise / Charities (15%)  – Applicable to organisations with an annual turnover of less than £250,000, and projects in alignment with our themes and disciplines; City Making, Sustainability in Action, Design, Architecture, Making, Film, Music, Food.

Workspace Members (15%) – Applicable to all Civic House Studio members, and Glue Factory tenants. This does not apply for Civic House Studio day passes, or hot-desk memberships making long-term bookings.

Multiple day bookings (10-30%) – Applicable to bookings over consecutive days (ie. Monday – Sunday) or repeat days (ie. every Tuesday for 4 weeks).

2-6 days – 10%
7-27 days – 20%
28+ days – 30%


Add-on Services:

Add-ons are services provided to support the running of hires and are calculated during the quoting process. All Add-on charges are at the discretion of the Hire Coordinator and are calculated based on capacity, timings and type of hire.


Essential Add-ons are charges associated with the basic running of the space – ie. duty manager for duration of hire, and cost to set up any equipment. For activities during business hours (Mon – Fri 09:00 – 17:00) duty management costs may be reduced to hours to open/close space (2 hrs min), and for multi-day hires if an event lead is appointed and inducted by Agile City.

Non-essential Add-ons are charges for services relating to specific hire requirements – ie. early/late access to the space (outside of business hours), event/support staff, licensed bar.

Pre/post Booking Admin covers administrative tasks for complex, commercial or exclusive hires. Please note we do not handle any production or logistics on your behalf. Admin tasks could include:

→ Creating bespoke documents (ie. building plans & guides)

→ Intricate quoting / co-ordinating of add-on services

→ Production responsibilities (ie. extra site visits, recorded walkthrough of space, requesting health & safety forms – insurance, RAMS, schedules

→ Managing disruption to other building users

→ Inducting event leads for multi-day hires

→ Making changes to a booking after hire agreement and payment are complete

→ Fast tracking bookings with short lead times (less than 7 days)

→ Overrun

→ Use of other spaces

→ Coordinating damage repairs

→ Electricity usage



Deposits range from 10-40% depending on the type of event, and discretion of the Hire Coordinator.

Deposits cover long lead bookings, hire of Agile City technical equipment, time and space drift during hire, damage & breakages, electricity usage, cancellation protection.

In instances where post-hire charges (as above) exceed the deposit amount, the deposit will be withheld, and the different invoiced separately.

Cancellation Charges are applicable to all hires and are payable on the following basis:

50% shall be payable if the customer cancels between 7-14 days prior to the hire.
100% shall be payable if customer cancels less than 7 days prior to or during the hire.

VAT – Agile City is VAT registered, meaning by law we charge 20% VAT on our spaces and Add-on services. To ensure we give clear information for all our customers, costs and VAT are itemised on the final quote. We do not charge VAT on deposits.