A new project, which will see 11 vacant shop units on Glasgow’s historic High Street and Saltmarket transformed into interim/temporary spaces – most of which are for the creative industries – was launched 26th June.

The Meanwhile Space project aims to increase the vitality of areas by generating footfall and supporting new and growing businesses. The initiative, one of 26 exciting projects planned as part of Glasgow City Council’s High Street Area Strategy (HSAS), by City Property Glasgow (Investments) and Glasgow City Council. It is also part of the Council’s Space for Growth strategy, which will see several long term vacant shop units transformed into temporary creative spaces.

The initiative, which has already seen success in London and Paris, is part of the HSAS plans to revitalise the area, helping to develop creative organisations and creating jobs while also supporting inclusive economic growth across Glasgow. Moreover, making units will help to support and grow a thriving local community.

WASPS, a non-profit studio provider for creative artists, launched the project. WASPS have five units in St Andrews Street, all being utilised by a variety of creative artists, hoping to add something unique to the area.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The High Street and Saltmarket area is the historic heart of our great city. With its rich heritage, resonance with Glaswegians and proximity to the city centre, it has so much potential – but has been neglected for far too long. Meanwhile Space is a fantastic opportunity not merely to breathe new life into the area but to help nurture one of Glasgow’s key sectors – the creative industries. The flourishing galleries and creative spaces in adjoining streets show what can be achieved.

Audrey Carlin, Chief Executive Officer of WASPS, said: “WASPS is delighted to be taking on five units as part of the Meanwhile Space project. This initiative offers something that doesn’t already exist in the city – a transition space in which we can support creative people to move from an artist studio into a more public-facing shopfront, ultimately allowing them to develop a sustainable business and contribute to Glasgow’s economy long term”.

Ongoing updates on the project will appear on the city centre strategy website.



Strathclyde University architecture students, in partnership with Glasgow City Council, would like to invite you to a design consultation event on 30 June 10:00-16:00 at 279-281 High Street. The purpose of this event is to discuss and collaborate on a design for a new community garden on High Street. The objective of this garden is to bring a piece of derelict land back into use to the benefit of the local community, providing green space and communal seating.

At this event there will be an exhibition, displaying a range of different design ideas for the garden and it will offer you an opportunity to provide your comments and inform the conversation going forward. The designs have been created by 2nd-year architecture students following months of collaborative work with the current gardeners and various Council services.

Furthermore, this community garden is another aspect of the High Street Area Strategy. The High Street Area Strategy’s objective is to regenerate High Street and Saltmarket, the historic heart of the city. Other projects that are already underway include the Independent Retail Fund, which aims to enhance the look and feel of the area and the Meanwhile Use project, which aims to provide spaces for creative industries.

For more information please contact or

Find out more about the High Street Area Strategy [8 MB PDF]