(Y)OUR GREAT STREETS AND SPACES: PLEASE COMMENT ON THE ST ENOCH PROPOSALS

(Y)OUR GREAT STREETS AND SPACES: PLEASE COMMENT ON THE ST ENOCH PROPOSALS

The St Enoch area is often referred to as being car-dominated, secluded, as well as lacking in street life and activity. Argyle Street and St Enoch Square attract the highest footfall for the area, however, there is scope for improvement. There is also a lack of green spaces throughout the area, with many consultees observing that many of the streets are unattractive. It is imperative that this area, where the heart of the city meets its river, becomes a more prominent destination and to become more attractive, additional quality public spaces are needed. Consequently, this will attract new investment and will entice new inhabitants.

To achieve this, key streets like Argyle Street, Ballater Street, Jamaica Street and the quays will be revived as attractive public spaces with diverse characteristics. Moreover, one or two new routes will be made through St Enoch Shopping Centre, allowing pedestrians to walk directly from the city centre to the river quay, revitalising the currently overlooked areas of St Enoch.

In addition, the project aims to create an events space in the heart of St Enoch with the aspiration that this will become a new visitor attraction to the area. The City Centre currently has various spaces used for events. However, there would appear to be a demand for a more flexible, contemporary event space that relieves pressure on George Square. A new event plaza (as well as the River Park) could accommodate seasonal and commercial events including Christmas fairs/markets, art fairs or street sports tournaments. This will allow George Square to become less commercialised and dedicated to civic ceremonies, public gatherings and protests.

Now you can have your say:
The St Enoch DRF formally went live on 14th June and remains available for comment until 6th September. You can access the document and the GCC Consultation Hub via the following links:

Draft St Enoch Regeneration Framework Document
Glasgow City Council’s Consultation Hub

Please let us know what you think.

ST ENOCH DISTRICT REGENERATION FRAMEWORK –  UPDATE

ST ENOCH DISTRICT REGENERATION FRAMEWORK – UPDATE

The history of St Enoch Square is indicative and reflective of the development of the wider district in which it sits. Originally the western boundary of Glasgow Green with strong links to the River Clyde and the reputed burial site of St Thenew (St Enoch), over the years this area has variously been a car park, a religious site, a glass-works and a major transport hub, to name but a few. It has been a place of quiet introspection, a pasture for sheep grazing, a meeting place for farmers, and a busy retail centre. It has passed through various owners and has been home to a church, a train station, a hotel, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. For many years it was a simple green space of grass and shrubs but eventually became one of the first locations in the city to experience electrical light. It has been party to huge construction works and equally massive demolitions.

In short, St Enoch Square has been many different things to many different people through the ages. It continues to be an important part of Glasgow city centre and remains the heart of the St Enoch district. Now, as we investigate how spaces like this can be best utilised going forward, it’s important that we receive the views and opinions of the people who will be experiencing it now and in the future.

St Enoch DRF formally went live on 14th June and remains available for comment until 6th September. You can access the document and the GCC Consultation Hub via the following links:

Draft St Enoch Regeneration Framework Document

Consultation comment form

Please let us know what you think.

NEW MEANWHILE USE SPACES OPEN ON ST ANDREWS STREET

NEW MEANWHILE USE SPACES OPEN ON ST ANDREWS STREET

A new project, which will see 11 vacant shop units on Glasgow’s historic High Street and Saltmarket transformed into interim/temporary spaces – most of which are for the creative industries – was launched 26th June.

The Meanwhile Space project aims to increase the vitality of areas by generating footfall and supporting new and growing businesses. The initiative, one of 26 exciting projects planned as part of Glasgow City Council’s High Street Area Strategy (HSAS), by City Property Glasgow (Investments) and Glasgow City Council. It is also part of the Council’s Space for Growth strategy, which will see several long term vacant shop units transformed into temporary creative spaces.

The initiative, which has already seen success in London and Paris, is part of the HSAS plans to revitalise the area, helping to develop creative organisations and creating jobs while also supporting inclusive economic growth across Glasgow. Moreover, making units will help to support and grow a thriving local community.
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WASPS, a non-profit studio provider for creative artists, launched the project. WASPS have five units in St Andrews Street, all being utilised by a variety of creative artists, hoping to add something unique to the area.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The High Street and Saltmarket area is the historic heart of our great city. With its rich heritage, resonance with Glaswegians and proximity to the city centre, it has so much potential – but has been neglected for far too long. Meanwhile Space is a fantastic opportunity not merely to breathe new life into the area but to help nurture one of Glasgow’s key sectors – the creative industries. The flourishing galleries and creative spaces in adjoining streets show what can be achieved.

Audrey Carlin, Chief Executive Officer of WASPS, said: “WASPS is delighted to be taking on five units as part of the Meanwhile Space project. This initiative offers something that doesn’t already exist in the city – a transition space in which we can support creative people to move from an artist studio into a more public-facing shopfront, ultimately allowing them to develop a sustainable business and contribute to Glasgow’s economy long term”.

Ongoing updates on the project will appear on the city centre strategy website.