As part of the Central Station Action Plan (CSAP) a stakeholder engagement event took place in The Arches on Wednesday 23 October 2019. Arranged as a drop-in style event, it ran from 10:00 to 16:00 to enable local stakeholders to engage with GCC officers and representatives of the other project partner organisations.
The occasion provided an opportunity for project officers to update local stakeholders on the actions which are already being undertaken in the area as well as giving an overview of those initiatives and schemes still to take place – such as the Argyle Street Avenue and the proposed public consultation of the Central District Regeneration Framework.
More importantly, local traders and residents told us about their concerns and what they felt to be the most pressing issues affecting the Action Plan area. All of this information was collected and will inform the future shape of the project. In particular, a number of critical concerns were raised and steps are currently being taken to address them as a matter of urgency.
We would like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy day and participated in this event whilst providing their thoughts, comments and suggestions. We understand the impact which local issues can have and we very much appreciate the involvement demonstrated by the local community. We remain committed to doing as much as we can to bring about improvements and will continue to provide updates regarding the actions being progressed through the CSAP and other associated projects. The PowerPoint presentation arising from the event can be downloaded here.
Further information about the Central Station Action Plan can be found via the project page
The City Centre Mural Trail is quickly becoming one of Glasgow’s best attractions! It has recently risen 20 places on Trip Advisor, from 37th to 17th place on the best things to do in Glasgow.
Glasgow’s City Centre Mural Trail provides some of the largest, creative and eye-pleasing murals the United Kingdom has to offer. Our murals are the most uploaded pictures of murals on Instagram in the north of the UK. Two of Smug’s, St Mungo and Fellow Glasgow Residents, are the most popular.
The City Centre Mural Trail offers a free and unique way to make your way around the city centre, to take in the general character and heritage of Glasgow City Centre, its neighbourhoods and its places. The City Centre Mural Trail website provides up to date records of the city centre murals and shows exactly where they are within the city centre. If you fancy a cheap, exciting day out with friends or family, why not try the City Centre Mural Trail?
Guest blog by Leila Jones of WMGlobal
Glasgow is a must-see for any street art fan, with some of the most Instagrammed murals in the country. Talented artists such as Smug and Rogue Oner are decorating the city with inspiring, colourful pieces. Over 12,700 street art posts have been shared in Glasgow, but which pieces of art are most popular on the social network?
1. Saint Mungo by Smug – located on High Street
This mural depicts Glasgow’s patron saint, Mungo, in modern-day clothes. It interprets the story of Mungo in the 6th century, when he prayed over a dying bird that some boys had been throwing stones at, and it flew away.
2. Fellow Glasgow Residents by Smug – Ingram Street car park
This mural was commissioned by Glasgow City Council to celebrate some of the wildlife that you will see in Glasgow’s green spaces, such as squirrels, foxes and highland cows.
3. Crazy Cat Lady by Rogue Oner – located on Sauchiehall Street
This fun, innocent artwork was commissioned to brighten up a tired area of Sauchiehall Street. The subject is a lady so crazy about cats that she even has Grumpy Cat wallpaper and feline-themed slippers.
4. Saint Enoch and Child by Smug – located on High Street
Complimenting the Saint Mungo artwork, this mural is an interpretation of Glasgow’s founding story. St Thenue/Enoch is pictured cradling her child, St Kentigern/Mungo. The image is sweet and moving, which partly contributes to its Instagram popularity – with several Instagrammers stating that it reminds them of their children.
5. Glasgow’s Tiger by Klingatron and Art Pistol – Clyde Street
This popular piece was a collaboration by Klingatron and Art Pistol, replacing the former Tiger Beer mural which was commissioned in 2010. The new tiger was initially met with scepticism by residents for being too literal but is now much loved. At the start of September, this mural was mindlessly vandalised, much to the upset of local residents.
You can see all of Glasgow’s top 10 most Instagrammed street art here and see what is most popular in other cities around the North and Scotland.
The first deliverable of the City Deal Avenues project is now complete. Sauchiehall Street, between Charing Cross and Rose Street, has been transformed – and has also been a useful demonstrator project for this new approach to the public realm and placemaking in Glasgow city centre.
The City Deal Avenues project is a £115 million programme aimed at improving the public realm throughout the city centre. Despite two significant fires affecting the construction programme, this first phase has been a great success. It has provided new high-quality space for pedestrians, a segregated cycle lane, benches and 26 new trees, adding some well-needed greenery to the area. The works have broadened pavements enabling bars and cafes to sprawl on to the street, contributing to the liveliness of the city centre.
The aesthetic of the street has significantly improved. It now has a continental look and feel, which makes the avenue almost unrecognisable from before. See below for images – we hope you are as pleased as we are with the outcome!
Glasgow City Council Leader Susan Aitken said, “The completion of Sauchiehall Avenue is a milestone in the rebirth of this famous Glasgow thoroughfare. It is the first stage in the biggest reimaging and remodelling of our city-centre streets since the pedestrianisation of Buchanan Street 40 years ago.”
“We have improved Sauchiehall Street’s overall look and feel. By helping it adapt to the changes affecting high streets everywhere, we’ve created a catalytic physical environment which will bring social and economic benefits.”
“It is now a street where pedestrians, cyclists and vulnerable road users have priority over the car in a safer, cleaner, more vibrant space. The street is now more attractive to both visitors and investors.”