Civic House — Coworking studio, communal canteen and flexible event space across two floors of a reimagined 1920s print works.
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
Whole Ground Floor at Civic House offers linked spaces for larger scale events, festivals and conferences
Canteen at Civic House is an open and adaptable eatery.
Venue at Civic House is a welcoming and flexible space for events and workshops.
Project Space at Civic House for meetings, workshops or exhibitions in an intimate setting.
Civic House Floorplans
Building & Hire Information
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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