As part of the evidence-based approach taken by the consultant team led by Austin Smith Lord and MVRDV over 5,000 people were asked about the challenges and opportunities to improve (Y)our City Centre. These ideas combined with other research, including what other European and World Cities have done well, was used to create a baseline for Glasgow. This combined evidence base was used to develop and prioritise a series of actions to improve the City Centre as a place to stay and live, to work and create, to visit and enjoy and to invest and build.
The District Regeneration Framework applies the evidence base to Broomielaw to deliver the same ambitions in a much more local context, for example, through commitments to develop a River Park and to animate the spaces along the riverside, under the M8 undercroft and to improve the public realm. There are seven themes in total with actions and investment aimed at encouraging a change in the area. We want the area to be more connected, to develop a distinct character and attract more people after office hours and at the weekend.
A reminder to get involved in the public consultation on (Y)our Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework (DRF). The closing date is set for Friday 5th April, so only three weeks to go.
If Glasgow city centre is to fulfil its potential in the future, Broomielaw has a huge part to play. Broomielaw should be one of Glasgow’s signature 21st-century urban destinations; a revitalised, mixed-use waterfront district that secures Glasgow’s position as a leading European city.
Broomielaw’s renaissance should supercharge the city region’s inclusive economic growth, creating jobs, cultural opportunities and city centre living for Glaswegians new and old. It is highly accessible with excellent connections and can become a clean, green, walkable city centre district adjacent to the Scottish Event Campus.
Broomielaw should redefine Glasgow city centre’s relationship to the Clyde becoming the centrepiece of a great city centre River Park with a beautiful and continuous riverside promenade.
The team at Austin Smith Lord and MVRDV which collected the information and engaged with over 5,000 people identified seven key themes and it is these themes you can comment on as part of the consultation:
(Y)our River Park: this is a proposal to create a world-class linear public space along both banks of the River Clyde. The aim is to create a quality urban park amenity characterised by water, green and public spaces activated by events and play spaces, recreation and cultural activity for all ages in all seasons, all weather, all day, for all Glaswegians and visitors
(Y)our Urbanised M8: this aims to maintain the benefits of an urban motorway while reducing its negative impacts. Many consultees highlighted the convenience and connectivity benefits of the motorway, however the majority recognised its negative impact – creating a physical barrier between the city centre, and its West End and North. Anderston Cross, for instance, is currently an unpleasant experience for pedestrians and cyclists, but it should be a great gateway to the city centre
(Y)our Great Streets and Spaces: this theme seeks to respond to the car-dominated character of the district, with excessive spaces for motorised vehicles. Broken connections need to be restored throughout the district and investment in public spaces and the physical environment is essential
(Y)our Great Buildings: this theme promotes actions to respect Glasgow’s historic built heritage with the highest quality contemporary design. The DRF promotes the development of character-specific areas with an emphasis on pedestrian and cyclist accessibility
(Y)our Updated Mobility: this incorporates proposals to enhance the city centre’s public transport and active travel networks to create a sustainable, walkable city, and will include a review of the City Centre Transport Strategy in the context of the DRF objectives and the recommendations of the Glasgow Connectivity Commission
(Y)our Vibrant Broomielaw: this theme proposes the establishment of a lively, attractive mixed-use riverfront district and a significant uplift in the residential population leading to more viable amenities and a sustainable, walkable and activated district
(Y)our Transforming Broomielaw: this focuses on the creation of agile policies and shared objectives to attract investment, secure funding and foster collaborative working. Transforming this district must be a truly collaborative partnership between all stakeholders. Despite the lack of public ownership, GCC confirm that they will look to work with partners to develop masterplan strategies for both sides of the river.
The Glasgow City Centre Team are keen to activate the lanes in the City Centre and to help achieve this, grants of up to £5,000 are available to people or groups that want to hold events in city centre lanes.
The fund has been created to enable businesses and communities to work with artists and the creative industries to develop activity in city centre lanes. Full guidance is available here. The level of funding means that the fund will not provide all the answers – nor is it intended to do that. What it will do is help businesses and communities to think differently about their lanes. For those who live, work or are visiting Glasgow it creates a sense of something discovered, something reclaimed. Glasgow has lanes which are attractions in their own right and this grant fund creates opportunities for other lanes to take a step towards becoming one of them.
To make a successful application, you need a good idea, the support of the people who live or work in the lane and the permission of the owners. The application process is short, and we will decide on your application quickly.
So it is over to you. Is it a family event, a community event, a music event, a performance, a heritage event, a market, or an art project? It can be anything you think makes sense in the location and to the community (either business or residential) which uses the lane.
The Independent Retail Fund (IRF) provides support to independent shops on the High Street and Saltmarket, one of the oldest and most historically significant thoroughfares in Glasgow. The appearance of shopfronts and the buildings in which they reside has a considerable impact and influence on the character of the area.
The IRF is a shopfront improvement grant available to tenants and owners of occupied shops on Saltmarket and the High Street. Glasgow City Council will work with City Property Glasgow Investments and other commercial property owners to provide 100% funds to shops – £5,000 for double units and £3,000 for single units – to enable them to undertake necessary external enhancements /redecoration and other improvements such as removing/upgrading signage, replacing damaged tiles and feature lighting for signage or window displays.
An officer from the city centre team will visit eligible properties to discuss the fund and provide assistance with applications if required. These improvements will enhance the appeal of the area to visitors, customers and residents and contribute towards business and consumer confidence.
We are now 21 days into the consultation period for the (Y)our Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework, and the level of response has been encouraging. It is essential to get as much feedback as possible on the action plan and what the priorities should be so that this can translates into the implementation of the plan.
Over 5,000 people, stakeholders, businesses and community groups contributed evidence during the development of the District Regeneration Framework. It would be fantastic to continue to have this level of interest.
The (Y)our Broomielaw Framework has identified seven key themes:
These themes split into small, medium and large projects and activities which, if the plan is approved, mean that something that can change perceptions and create opportunities could start quickly, while the bigger and more complex capital projects and feasibility studies follow later. The timeframe for delivery is ten years so the aim is to generate a sustainable, deliverable, consistent level of activity which will transform (Y)our Broomielaw. Please take the time to get involved. We look forward to your response.