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With the holiday season almost upon us, there is an anticipation that many people may choose to stay closer to home due to ongoing restrictions and uncertainties around foreign travel. The challenge for GCC is ensuring that Glasgow continues to operate as effectively...

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Glasgow City Council, after approval from the Scottish Government, has adopted its City Centre Strategic Development Framework (SDF) - the document which will help guide the centre’s development over the next three decades, driving economic renewal and meeting the...

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Meanwhile Use Initiative

Meanwhile Use Initiative

As part of the High Street Area Strategy, City Property and Glasgow City Council have been trialling a Meanwhile Use initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to show that there are innovative ways to bring vacant units into use and to animate the area. Most...

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The Sauchiehall and Garnethill District Framework has been completed, and work has started on delivery. Work has commenced on Phase 2 of the DRF, which includes the areas of Broomielaw, Blythswood, Central and St Enoch. In addition, phase 3 of the DRFs, which covers the areas of Cowcaddens, Merchant City, “The Learning Quarter” and Townhead are now in the planning stage, with Austin-Smith-Lord appointed as lead consultant for this phase. These will help deliver the objectives set out in the City Centre Strategy of making the city centre the place to Stay, Live, Shop and Play, Visit and Enjoy Work and Create, Learn, Discover and Innovate and Invest and Build.

The feedback from our conversations with residents, visitors, businesses, and developers is that you want a green, liveable city centre that fosters creativity and opportunity. So the Council is working with businesses, residents, institutions and public agencies to make the city centre a more people-friendly place
– a better place to live, visit and do business

moving the city centre forward

All the work that we’ll be doing to take the city centre forward over the next few years will be shaped by the City Centre Strategy and Action Plan and the City Centre Transport Strategy which were published in 2014. These strategies are our blueprint mapping out how the city centre’s streets and public spaces will be better managed and more people-friendly.
We’ll be making the city centre cleaner, greener and easier to get around on foot, by bike and public transport, with a network of green avenues linking through the city centre.  Wi-fi, marketing, outdoor events, lighting and public safety will all be improved – and much more besides.  Everything is geared towards delivering jobs, growth and prosperity over the next decade.

district by district

In 2015, we started to plan how to make this idea work. It’s a big job, so we split the city centre into nine recognisable ‘Districts’. We have worked with local people and businesses to identify the opportunities. By 2022 we will have a plan in place​ that will drive change over the next ten years. Find out more about what’s happening in each District.

working together

The Council’s City Centre Regeneration Group will work hard with people and organisations in each District to make that change happen. Whether you work, live, invest in or visit the city centre, the team can’t do it all on their own.  We need your help to deliver change. Your help might come in a variety of forms: allowing a new business start-up cheap use of your vacant shop for a few weeks, organising a community event in a public space, helping a neighbour to tidy their front garden, or cycling and walking around town rather than driving.
The City Council will be doing its bit by making city centre streets and spaces more people- and business-friendly. We’ll do that, with you, by preparing a new plan for each District over the next few years. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or ideas about the changing city centre.

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