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The UK’s leading charity for people’s mental health, the Mental Health Foundation, is to become a flagship tenant in McLellan Works, Glasgow’s newest, innovative mixed-use development. The development, recently completed by Bywater Properties, is transforming Sauchiehall Street in the city centre by creating a space built around renewable energy and a range of practical sustainability initiatives.
Fronting onto the North side of Sauchiehall Street, between Dalhousie Street and Rose Street. McLellan Works shares its entrance with the McLellan Galleries, currently occupied by Glasgow School of Art. McLellan Works faces onto the recently completed “ Sauchiehall Avenue”, the pilot project for the Glasgow City Region City Deal Avenues Programme which will enhance connectivity and active travel opportunities throughout city centre.
The idea behind the Avenues Programme stems from the City Centre Strategy (CCS), which outlines the strategic vision for the city centre: one of an attractive, active neighbourhood, able to foster a thriving civic life, enhance the overall quality of life, and promote economic growth. Underpinning the CCS is its core priority: a people-centred approach to city centre regeneration.
The Mental Health Foundation’s Scotland team and its visitors will be able to enjoy beautiful, well-designed, sustainable spaces created for the office tenants, in an environment designed for all day working and living.
Daniel Mead, Head of Asset Management at building owners Bywater Properties, said:
“Bywater Properties is proud to have created McLellan Works as a dynamic place in which to work, collaborate and socialise. We’re especially pleased that the Mental Health Foundation will soon be carrying out its vital work helping people to understand, protect and maintain good mental health from Glasgow’s most exciting and creative new workspace.
“They’re just one of the many new organisations bringing innovation and energy back into Glasgow’s city centre. Our new tenants are already enjoying the results of this sustainably-led redevelopment and its place at the heart of Glasgow City Council’s Avenues Project.”
Lee Knifton, Director of the Mental Health Foundation Scotland and Northern Ireland, said:
“The Mental Health Foundation Scotland team is excited to be moving into McLellan Works. After almost two years of home working, we are looking forward to in person collaboration and team working in a bright, modern space. Sustainability was important to us when looking for a new office and we hope to continue to incorporate greener work practices within our team.”
Recently three other businesses, Anime Limited, Loud Mouth Media and Heb Homes, moved into McLellan Works’ office spaces. And on the ground floor beside the building’s main lobby food takeaway Sprigg is about to start serving its much-loved healthy salads, snacks and drinks.
The Thriving City story map has been developed as part of the High Street Area Strategy, to offer an opportunity to explore 1500 years of history of the High Street of Glasgow. Like many projects within the strategy, the Thriving City story map intends to bring more visitors to the High Street, with the ambition of improving the look and feel of this historic street, bringing a new lease of life to the area and the local community.
The Thriving City story map is in three main sections: historic images of people, places and events shown on banners, along the High Street; a vennels, wynds and closes heritage trail where you can discover who, what and where people lived throughout the ages and the Community Heritage map (currently being developed), which gives local communities the chance to tell their stories of the High Street.
You can explore the beautifully curated images on the banners, by clicking on the map, which will follow in Spring 2021. Each point on the map aligns with two historic images. By clicking on the images you can discover, the hidden history of the site. On your journey, you will find out about the famous people who lived and worked there, including James Watt and Adam Smith. Events such as the Battle of Havana and the Battle of Bell ‘O’Brae and historic buildings hidden beneath the Victorian architecture. You can explore the heritage of the Old College and the Old Pedagogy.
The Vennels, Wynds and Closes heritage trail directs visitors using a series of historical hand-painted signs which are due to installed in Spring 2021.
The Past Present and Possible project will feed into the Community Heritage map section and will contain the history of the community associated with different locations in the area.
The story map offers a free, fun and exciting way to explore the High Street, as well as providing knowledge on the heritage of the oldest street in Glasgow. You can access the developing story map here.
The Council’s City Deal funded Sauchiehall Street Avenue has recently won the Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure category at the Landscape Institute Awards 2020.
The City Deal/City Centre Regeneration team at Development and Regeneration Services coordinated the project, which is the pilot scheme for the wider Avenues programme. The Avenues are made up of 17 separate schemes that will not only see the delivery of sustainable infrastructure but also bring economic benefits to the city centre.
By redressing the balance of space for people and vehicles, the Avenues project was able to introduce twenty-six semi-mature trees, a bi-directional cycle track, architectural lighting features and footways wide enough for outside seating for everyone to enjoy.
A key aim of the Sauchiehall Avenue project was to promote active travel (walking and cycling) which will help us tackle climate change, make us healthier – both mentally and physically – and has wide-ranging economic benefits. This uptake in active travel through the scheme has been demonstrated by an approximate 600% increase in cyclists entering the city centre via Sauchiehall Street.
Find out more about the awards finalists here
Find out more about the Sauchiehall Avenues project here
A series of installations from Nich Smith Lighting Design – 2020 Visions – runs from 12 – 20 December 2020.
While closed to the public, Tron Theatre is working on a series of innovative projects, funded through the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund that will present dramatic content in unconventional settings. The first of these, 2020 Visions from Nich Smith Lighting Design is a participatory work that asks what the future holds for our city centre community when high streets are changing, office blocks are emptying, and shops may be closing.
Opening at dusk on Saturday 12 December 2020 Visions asks what the future of our neighbourhoods will be and presents it as a series of scenes in nine sites around the Tron Theatre. Street-level windows have been taken over with installations inspired by the stories and ideas of local people who have contributed to the project online and through social media by sharing their hopes and dreams for the future. Part promenade, part treasure hunt, part collective dream, 2020 Visions invites passers-by, city-dwellers, shoppers and neighbours alike to reflect and imagine a brighter future during the darkest week of the winter.
A core feature of 2020 Visions is to collaborate with emerging artists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Visual artists Sekai Machache, Samuel Temple, and Saoirse Anis joined with the 2020 Visions team of theatre technicians, lighting designers, and set designers in a creative mash-up which has produced curious and playful artworks in response to the question “What does our future hold?” Visions have been reflective, resonant, thought-provoking, and fun.
As the days get shorter and night comes earlier, 2020 Visions has populated empty spaces with light and re-animated the Trongate neighbourhood with hope.
2020 Visions, which is being delivered with support from City Property LLP, will light up nine sites around the Trongate, including the Tron Theatre, from dusk to 9pm daily from 12–20 December.
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