photo courtesy of Alec Galloway
Since Tuesday 12 July, our facebook page has seen a tremendous surge of enthusiasm and suggestions for different ways to use the Sugar Sheds venue in Greenock. Ideas and suggestions which aim to keep it within community use and which could (if developed and managed correctly) present income generating and local employment opportunities. These ideas are no more off the wall than the notion that we should continue building office space with so much empty space and gap-sites for new builds still available locally. Given that the towns other most important historic building The Custom House is ALSO to be developed into offices, it would be nice to think there would still be part of our heritage which regeneration does not distance from us forever.

The Top 5
1. Live music venue; for local and national bands, Greenocks very own version of the arches.

2. Exhibition/Gallery Space; for intimate exhibitions and Tate style big installations

3. Performance venue; from acrobats to xylophonists and everything in-between!

4. Wedding/conference venue: say "I dock" at the sugar sheds. What a back drop for the photos!

5. Heritage/cultural attraction; an iconic statement of inverclydes past is a fitting place to tell the story of this community.
-trades space
-craft venue
-artist workshops

Clearly, while the runaway favourite for the building is a distinctive and unique music venue, a future for the building is likely to rely on the potential of mixed use...just as we saw over the Tall Ships weekend. 

From Alec Galloways stained glass installation in Sugar Sheds 2006