Historic Engine Works opens for business after six-figure funding package

The Engine Works Garden
The Engine Works Garden

A Victorian warehouse situated on the banks of the Forth & Clyde canal has been restored into a multipurpose events venue, with help from a six-figure funding package from Royal Bank of Scotland.

The Engine Works, built in 1837, is spread over three levels and the architectural renovation has preserved many of the original Victorian features. The building has been refurbished to include multiple studios available for rent, catering facilities, and the main performance and events area is flexible enough to host events, performances and artists from across the disciplines. There is also a substantial private garden area overlooking the canal with an outbuilding that can also be utilised as studio space.  

Glasgow couple Michael McDonagh and Adele Gahagan have spent the last four years renovating the warehouse into industrial inspired spaces. The Engine Room, one of the largest spaces, features an original Henry Royce crane, in a nod to the building’s industrial past.

Five businesses have already taken space at the newly-opened building, with over fifty weddings and celebrations booked for the coming year.

The Engine Works employs five full-time members of staff, with hopes to expand the events team as demand increases.

The deal was referred by Funding Options to Broker Business Development Manager, Steven Darbyshire, and supported by local Relationship Manager, Jack Malcolm.

Michael McDonagh, owner of The Engine Works, said: “This building has deep roots within the community and we wanted to stay true to its heritage by preserving as many original features as possible. We’ve always seen the potential of this once abandoned building and are pleased to see others recognising its beauty too.  

“We’ve already signed up five local businesses for office space and have a number of celebrations including weddings in the pipeline.

“This project really has been a labour of love, and we are pleased that we can finally share this wonderful building with the local community of Maryhill and help others to create lasting memories.”

Jack Malcolm, relationship manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “Michael and Adele have dedicated themselves to this project over the last four years and it really shows. The building has been lovingly restored, with care taken to celebrate the building’s industrial past as well as create a modern, high-end space for users.

“The events spaces are already booking up and we’ve no doubt this venture will be a success. We wish Michael and Adele all the best with this unique development.”

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