With the Council giving final approval for the Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework (DRF) and the go-ahead to continue the public engagement for the St Enoch DRF the City Centre Districts Strategy has taken a big step forward.
For Broomielaw we are now preparing to move into the implementation phase. The actions are defined across seven themes with projects that are small, medium and large. The public consultation was very supportive of the themes and the key projects, which is an encouraging place to start from. There will be regular updates as the project develops.
It was also really good to hear that the Broomielaw DRF which was developed by a multi-disciplinary team appointed by the Council and led by Glasgow-based architecture practice, Austin-Smith:Lord, working in collaboration with leading international architects and urbanists, MVRDV has been shortlisted for a Scottish Design Award. The awards will be announced on the 22 August. This team have also developed the St Enoch DRF.
The other big step forward was the approval to continue the process of engagement by moving into the final public consultation phase for St Enoch. To date, this phase of the City Centre Districts Strategy has engaged with over 5,000 people so this is the opportunity to look at and comment on the proposals that have been pulled together from people’s thoughts on the opportunities and challenges in St Enoch.
Given how many people have been engaged up to now it would be really good to hear from as many people as possible during this final consultation. If you want to take part click on this link and it will take you to the full and summary reports as well as the survey.
There are seven more days to go until the Broomielaw District Regeneration consultation period ends. You can respond using this link.
At the end of this post, you will see seven visualisations of the aspirations for Broomielaw. The visualisations were prepared by MVRDV and Austin-Smith Lord who led the consultant team. Within the proposal there are seven themes identified and along with the proposed actions to deliver them. There are essentially two main questions that we would like as much feedback as we can get, do you think these are the right priorities? and actions that over the next 10 years or so will deliver the significant change to Broomielaw and the whole of the City Centre.
The themes are the River Park, Urbanised M8, Great Streets and Spaces, Updated Mobility, Great Buildings, Vibrant Broomielaw and Transforming Broomielaw and the actions that are planned to deliver these. They can range from activating the riverside, whether the space under the M8 could be used in a way which makes it less of a barrier, how we design streets and spaces as wells as the look and feel of important gateways to the District such as Anderston Station.
Feedback will be fed into the proposals before they are finally approved and become a set of actions which need to be delivered – so please have your say.
As part of the evidence-based approach taken by the consultant team led by Austin Smith Lord and MVRDV over 5,000 people were asked about the challenges and opportunities to improve (Y)our City Centre. These ideas combined with other research, including what other European and World Cities have done well, was used to create a baseline for Glasgow. This combined evidence base was used to develop and prioritise a series of actions to improve the City Centre as a place to stay and live, to work and create, to visit and enjoy and to invest and build.
The District Regeneration Framework applies the evidence base to Broomielaw to deliver the same ambitions in a much more local context, for example, through commitments to develop a River Park and to animate the spaces along the riverside, under the M8 undercroft and to improve the public realm. There are seven themes in total with actions and investment aimed at encouraging a change in the area. We want the area to be more connected, to develop a distinct character and attract more people after office hours and at the weekend.
A reminder to get involved in the public consultation on (Y)our Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework (DRF). The closing date is set for Friday 5th April, so only three weeks to go.
If Glasgow city centre is to fulfil its potential in the future, Broomielaw has a huge part to play. Broomielaw should be one of Glasgow’s signature 21st-century urban destinations; a revitalised, mixed-use waterfront district that secures Glasgow’s position as a leading European city.
Broomielaw’s renaissance should supercharge the city region’s inclusive economic growth, creating jobs, cultural opportunities and city centre living for Glaswegians new and old. It is highly accessible with excellent connections and can become a clean, green, walkable city centre district adjacent to the Scottish Event Campus.
Broomielaw should redefine Glasgow city centre’s relationship to the Clyde becoming the centrepiece of a great city centre River Park with a beautiful and continuous riverside promenade.
The team at Austin Smith Lord and MVRDV which collected the information and engaged with over 5,000 people identified seven key themes and it is these themes you can comment on as part of the consultation:
(Y)our River Park: this is a proposal to create a world-class linear public space along both banks of the River Clyde. The aim is to create a quality urban park amenity characterised by water, green and public spaces activated by events and play spaces, recreation and cultural activity for all ages in all seasons, all weather, all day, for all Glaswegians and visitors
(Y)our Urbanised M8: this aims to maintain the benefits of an urban motorway while reducing its negative impacts. Many consultees highlighted the convenience and connectivity benefits of the motorway, however the majority recognised its negative impact – creating a physical barrier between the city centre, and its West End and North. Anderston Cross, for instance, is currently an unpleasant experience for pedestrians and cyclists, but it should be a great gateway to the city centre
(Y)our Great Streets and Spaces: this theme seeks to respond to the car-dominated character of the district, with excessive spaces for motorised vehicles. Broken connections need to be restored throughout the district and investment in public spaces and the physical environment is essential
(Y)our Great Buildings: this theme promotes actions to respect Glasgow’s historic built heritage with the highest quality contemporary design. The DRF promotes the development of character-specific areas with an emphasis on pedestrian and cyclist accessibility
(Y)our Updated Mobility: this incorporates proposals to enhance the city centre’s public transport and active travel networks to create a sustainable, walkable city, and will include a review of the City Centre Transport Strategy in the context of the DRF objectives and the recommendations of the Glasgow Connectivity Commission
(Y)our Vibrant Broomielaw: this theme proposes the establishment of a lively, attractive mixed-use riverfront district and a significant uplift in the residential population leading to more viable amenities and a sustainable, walkable and activated district
(Y)our Transforming Broomielaw: this focuses on the creation of agile policies and shared objectives to attract investment, secure funding and foster collaborative working. Transforming this district must be a truly collaborative partnership between all stakeholders. Despite the lack of public ownership, GCC confirm that they will look to work with partners to develop masterplan strategies for both sides of the river.
We are now 21 days into the consultation period for the (Y)our Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework, and the level of response has been encouraging. It is essential to get as much feedback as possible on the action plan and what the priorities should be so that this can translates into the implementation of the plan.
Over 5,000 people, stakeholders, businesses and community groups contributed evidence during the development of the District Regeneration Framework. It would be fantastic to continue to have this level of interest.
The (Y)our Broomielaw Framework has identified seven key themes:
These themes split into small, medium and large projects and activities which, if the plan is approved, mean that something that can change perceptions and create opportunities could start quickly, while the bigger and more complex capital projects and feasibility studies follow later. The timeframe for delivery is ten years so the aim is to generate a sustainable, deliverable, consistent level of activity which will transform (Y)our Broomielaw. Please take the time to get involved. We look forward to your response.
The Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework (BDRF) was approved by the City Administration Council Committee on 7th February 2019 and will now proceed to public consultation. The public consultation will run for eight weeks from 8 February to 5 April 2019.
The BDRF was commissioned as a group of four DRFs in 2017, incorporating the Blythswood, Central and St Enoch districts in addition to Broomielaw. As with the Sauchiehall and Garnethill District Regeneration Framework, the process built on Town Centre First principles, and has integrated spatial planning and placemaking objectives with operational and environmental enhancements. Here is a short information video about the DFR:
Broomielaw DRF has been developed collaboratively by a multi-disciplinary team led by Austin Smith Lord and MVRDV, working with the local community, stakeholders and organisations. The consultation period will offer further opportunity for local parties to contribute to this process. The final BDRF and Action Plan will evolve after the consultation period has concluded on 5 April 2019.
The plans for Broomielaw are ambitious and aspirational with a significant number of recommendations and proposals. Resource constraints will doubtless limit the full range of actions so it will be essential to have an understanding of stakeholder priorities through this consultation before we finalise the delivery plan.
The remaining three DRFs from this group will be produced incrementally during 2019-20. The final four city centre DRFs (Townhead, Cowcaddens, Merchant City and the Learning Quarter) are likely to be commissioned in 2019/20.