The Briggait is an integral part of Glasgow’s architectural heritage. Once the city’s fish market of over a century, the building’s now the headquarters of Scotland’s largest studio providers – Wasps.
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Designed in 1890 to the highest standard with an imposing grandeur that reflected Fairfield’s status as ‘the’ global centre of marine engineering and shipbuilding excellence, this A-listed office building has been imaginatively re-purposed to accommodate 21st-century technology and innovation.
This year’s Doors Open weekend will offer tours throughout the day of parts of the building normally closed and a glimpse into work of the tenants Craft Prospect, a space engineering firm and TMD, an international marketing agency. On Saturday, Artemis Scotland, specialists in costumed interpretation step back to the 1950s with “Muriel” and “Jasper” as they prepare you for the launch of the Empress of Britain at Fairfield. On Sunday, The Shipyard Trust look to the future and give a brief presentation about why they think the achievements of Clydeside industry should be more widely celebrated. Kids activities too!
Local social history group Govan Reminiscence Group will also be at Fairfield on Sunday to highlight aspects of Govan’s rich history.
No Booking Required
Fairfield Heritage, located within the A-listed Fairfield Building is the only museum of its kind in the UK celebrating the history of shipbuilding. It was brought into existence by the social enterprise Govan Workspace who purchased the derelict building in 2009 and it is perceived as an important part of the regeneration of Govan. The Fairfield Building was formerly the head office of the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Ltd, the most significant of Glasgow’s shipyards. Three quarters of the building is given over to a business centre while the remainder forms the museum.