GBPT was formerly known as the Bridgegate Trust, established in 1982 to take on the redundant Briggait Fish Market which at the time had been threatened with demolition. This Category A-listed building described as ‘Scotland’s most important surviving market halls’ (Historic Scotland) was successfully saved, and for a period operated as a speciality shopping centre, but a long-term viable reuse was actively sought for two decades. Between 2001-09 the building was successfully converted by the Wasps Studios to the award-winning artists’ studios and cultural centre.
In 1991, the Bridgegate Trust became Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. Over the years, with the continued support of Glasgow City Council, through revenue and capital funding and the consistent support of funders such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and the Architectural Heritage Fund, our activities have expanded significantly and there is growing demand for our services.