After extensive engagement with the public and stakeholders, the first drafts of the District Regeneration Framework and Masterplan have been received from the consultants Austin-Smith: Lord. We have started the consultation process which should, in due course, culminate in a formal public consultation. The aim of both of these documents is to enhance the unique characteristics of Broomielaw by sign-posting opportunities for change and development.
Broomielaw was Glasgow’s first quay and home to commercial paddle steamers. This part of the city is characterised by long north-south blocks, with narrow streets connecting Argyle Street with the waterfront. The waterfront, in turn, connects with the south bank via the King George Bridge and the new pedestrian Tradeston Bridge (The Squiggly Bridge).
Broomielaw has benefited from significant investment and it has evolved to be designated as part of the IFSD (International Financial Services District). Major public realm improvement works at the water’s edge have significantly improved the waterfront in this area, creating a high-quality public realm which pedestrians and cyclists can enjoy.
The slowdown in the development of the IFSD caused by the world’s economic crisis provided an opportunity to appraise the success of work already carried out and identify an optimum strategy that can create a thriving and sustainable Business District. The opportunities identified include providing more amenity (food, retail, events, etc.) to those that work and visit during the day as well as looking at the profile of the area’s night-time environment.
In addition to the District Regeneration Framework and Masterplan, the Avenues project will also have a positive effect on Broomielaw. The indicative routes of potential Avenues are the Waterfront and Argyle Street. This would be in addition to other development opportunities which exist on both the North and South Banks of the river and the potential expansion of IFSD.