A FORMER steel galvanizer works in the West End could be turned into one of the largest street art and design studios in Europe.

SWG3 presently runs an arts space in Eastvale Place which hosts an annual programme of exhibitions, gigs and events and is home to a community of 120 artists and designers.

It has now drawn up plans for a neighbouring building which will allow the organisation to extend its exhibition and event programme.

The new Yard Works venture will focus on architecture, design and street art and will also operate as a market space for design products, food and drink and music.

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A report to the city council says the site is around a 10 minute walk from Partick interchange and a 15 minute walk from Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street.

It adds: "The artistic vision is to deliver an international facility for architecture, design and street art.

"This would be one of the largest street art and design studios in Europe and a much needed facility for the growing design community in Scotland.

"Building on SWG3's reputation as a visual art gallery and studio space and music and performance venue, this new direction would position SWG3 as one of the most diverse art spaces in the United Kingdom.

"The purchase and development of the former Clydeside Galvanisers sees the largest physical development in Eastvale Place since SWG3 embarked on the regeneration of the area 12 years ago.

"Having already invested £1.5million in the capital development of Eastvale Place, this new phase will position SWG3 at the forefront of the cultural map of the cit within the heart of what is being dubbed the new cultural quarter which includes Kelvingrove Museum, Kelvin Hall, Riverside Museum and the SECC and Hydro."

Yard Works, which is managed by SWG3, has been delivering track-side art projects with Network Rail and Abellio ScotRail with what it describes as "real success".

The report says: "Results delivered by British Transport Police confirm that when these projects went live, track-side graffiti was dramatically reduced.

"Creating a safe place for these artists to develop their practice will support our on-going mission to enable all artists to fulfil their creative and professional potential in Glasgow."

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Yard Works has over 10 years delivering creative workshops throughout Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Stirling.

It says by creating a purpose built facility it can deliver an ongoing education programme for the local community and school children.