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.
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.
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.