How a couple from Glasgow are transforming a city institution left to rot

Generations of men worked here, and their memories will keep the blacksmith alive for many years. Craig and Buchanan were the last residents before The Engine Works was situated in 2018.

How a couple from Glasgow are transforming a city institution left to rot

It was in its heyday a huge part of Glasgow’s industrial revolution, built by William Walls with a crane engineered by Sir Henry Royce.

But fast-forward 175 years and the former Clarkson & Beckett steel works in Maryhill has been left to ruin.

With over 200 birds nesting in the roof canopy and rats scurrying around, it took one special Glasgow couple minutes to see past the rot and realise the building’s potential.

Michael McDonagh and Adele Gahagan bought The Engine Works three years ago with a vision to create a legacy for their children and the Maryhill community.

The Engine Works