St Andrews Printing Works

Risk Catcher

After we conducted the site visit to the printing works and the surrounding area, we began to form ideas of which direction we could take this assignment in. We wanted to connect to the local spirit of the people around the area whilst creating the space that would put the St. Andrews Printing Works building back on the maps.

The idea of the proposal was inspired by the great variety of venue spaces in Glasgow and the sheer scale of disused building, we decided to play around with designing a permanent home for a Glasgow Circus.

The Printing Works

The Circus

September 18th 12:08 pm

14B- M74 NO MORE

Stop Motion of Motorway

In 2011 building began for the M74, a major motorway which would cut right through the middle of Glasgow’s Southside further fragmenting neighbourhoods and butchering anything in its path. It would instead then make more sense to invest in a progressive and forward looking public transport infrastructure which directly supported those who need it most while perhaps helping to preserve the urban fabric of our city.

Perhaps here in Glasgow such an idea could transform that which has been left discarded in the shadow of the motorway and instead utilise historic rail and underground infrastructure, connecting communities via a web of people centred routes and indeed bring together those who are most often pushed apart.

A new local transport interchange on the site of St Andrews Printing Works could act as a vehicle for local change and growth, encouraging a natural blurring of boundaries and exchange of knowledge. Surrounded by vacant land it has potential for development to sustain a local economy and reuse and reimagine an area once dominated by industry. It would offer itself to the local people as a starting point for change and a central connecting factor amongst great differences.

By looking to bring together areas fragmented both physically via the motorway and via cultural difference, we could celebrate and indeed feed from the rich possibilities of local people to drive change and development in their own community.



September 18th 9:52 pm

14B- site visit & group discussion

We went to the site for the first time on Tuesday the 18th of September. We noticed this place is like a self-contained block, getting lost in the middle of the traffic center.

First of all, WHY AT RISK? After the panel discussion, we decided to split our research into three categories;

1: Safety

  • Proximity to the motorway
  • Half disused / vacant
  • Onset of physical barriers
  • What physical value does is pose to locale?


2: Human

  • Eyesore
  • Change of behaviour / living patterns
  • Perception of value
  • Can building bring value to local people


3: City / Locale

  • Butchered
  • Change of industry / economic state
  • Capitalist threat
  • Borderline


Some points for exploration for when we next meet:

  • Transport routes
  • Demographics / Ethnicities
  • Gap Sites / Disused land
  • Motorway Impact
  • Historical Maps / Comparisons
  • Section though site, Planar Levels



September 18th 9:20 pm

The Sim Broons (14A)

Standing for almost 120 years our building, St Andrews Printing works has impacted the local community of Laurieston for generations. We decided to display this impact though the eyes of a traditional Jotters family. Showing how the family and the building have changed and evolved up until the present day.

We decided to use the Simpsons as our family so that the viewer could recognise the different family members, going from Grandpa Simpson, Homer to Bart. However, we felt these American figures didn’t connect the city of Glasgow itself. So we decided to combine these characters with The Broons family, which come from a traditional Scottish comic. And thus created The Sim Broons.

Some examples of our characters

September 18th 1:19 pm

From Industry to Eden (14A)

Located south of the Clyde and within walking distance of The Gorbals, our building St Andrews Printing Works en-captures some of Glasgow’s industrial past. The building was was constructed during the height of the Industrial Revolution and was originally used as a power plant. And whilst our team held great appreciation for the Victorian Architecture, we felt we wanted to explore the harsh realities of working in such an environment.

To express this view, we decided to include a narrative of the workers into our video, displaying how the building and its changes influenced their lives. Specifically for our film we are going to show these changes through one family across three generations.

After the Power plant was closed around 1930, parts of the building was then used as a Printing Works, under the name St. Andrews. The M74 was constructed in the early 1960’s within close proximity of the factory which also created a large shift in the local area.

However the printing works closed in around 15 years ago and since then the building has been out of use. Inspired by the industrial past we envisioned transforming the space into a walled garden. We felt this idea could create a new space allowing the community, such as our Family to reconnect with the building. Whilst also combating risks we face today, such as climate change, as our walled garden could work against these issues. Particularly as the industrial past of the building could have contributed to such issues.


Historic photograph of St Andrews

Our inspiration the Sky Garden London

September 18th 7:10 pm