Speirs Wharf was named after Alexander Speirs of Elderslie (1714-82), a tobacco baron, who owned a seventh of all that came into the Clyde and was one of those responsible for the expansion of Glasgow. Speirs Wharf straddles the canal side and stands within an area which is going through major regeneration. Today Speirs Wharf consists of a block of residential and commercial properties built alongside the 18th century Forth & Clyde Canal and with West facing views. These fine buildings were originally warehouses, Speirs Wharf being at the heart of Glasgow’s industrial revolution in the 19th century. The first building, finished in about 1812, served as the offices for the Forth & Clyde Navigation Co. In 1989 these buildings were converted into 150 loft style apartments and 17 commercial premises. They stand out as fine architecture amidst less dignified buildings, and make a distinguished contribution to the North Glasgow skyline. Floodlit at night, they are considered to be amongst the most desirable places to live in the city, rating as one of Glasgow’s iconic landmarks.
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