The Printworks

cameronwebsterarchitects, Glasgow, 2008


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  • Location plan    
  • Site plan    
  • Lower ground floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • Section B-B    
  • Backcourt elevation/section    
  • Bothwell Lane elevation    

Redevelopment of a small building behind an urban block into an office space

Situated on a small lane behind an urban block in a conservation area, the existing small building concealed a large basement space below the tenement back court.

The existing brick building was demolished and replaced with a steel framed structure of similar proportions, while the cast iron columns and concrete structure supporting the back court were retained and refurbished. A glazed and planted courtyard was introduced to bring in natural light and create a spacious office at the lower level.

The building was raised a little, so that the entrance from the lane could provide access to a further office level above, with frameless gazed rooflights and windows looking onto the lane and the back court.

Externally the building is finished with a resin render and black painted timber, while internally the stair and floor are finished in oak. A partly glazed floor at entrance level allows daylight to the kitchen below.


  • Begun: Sep 2006
  • Completed: Aug 2008
  • Floor area: 250m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £200,000
  • Procurement: JCT Minor works (2005)
  • Address: The Printworks, 10 Otago Street, Glasgow, G12 8JH, United Kingdom

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