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.
The draft Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework (DRF) is moving closer to approval for public consultation. Although over 3,500 people and stakeholders have contributed, it is always exciting to see what people think of the ideas, priorities and action plans that have been developed.
The DRF (who doesn’t enjoy a bit of jargon) is full of many exciting ideas, but one thing it does do is recognise the importance of the River Clyde to the city and also the fact that since the decline in traditional heavy industries there are still many opportunities to integrate the river into the city centre.
Many cities with an industrial past have faced the same challenges regarding re-connecting their rivers and industrial sites – like docks and warehouse areas – to the city and more importantly to people. Potentially there are now more drivers to address this than ever before – the placemaking concept is gaining strength and is being recognised by developers as something that adds value. This makes it easier to incorporate things such as mixed use (residential, office, hotel and retail) in one development area, with open space and active street fronts to ensure that spaces operate at a human scale. The terminology can be quite cold and sound process-driven, but mostly it is about building places that people want to live in, work in and visit.
Cities themselves are becoming ever more critical. Globally, and for the first time ever, more people now live in urban areas than in the countryside. This changes what people want concerning amenity and facilities which is also helping to drive placemaking principles. Also, the changes in working and shopping patterns that the use of digital platforms has enabled creates even more momentum behind placemaking – developments are not solely about what type of accommodation we live in but are about what we can do locally. The use of digital platforms may extend our reach in many ways, but it runs parallel to a desire to be local, for the feel of a place and the experiences we can have, including café life, nightlife, co-working spaces, cultural life, music, quality open space and human interaction.
Assets such as rivers provide great opportunities and a natural resource to respond to these trends. Many cities are acting on this. For example, Hamburg and Newcastle. There are many others, but the opportunities for Scotland’s largest and most metropolitan city to respond in a way which respects its heritage and supports its future are really exciting.
Your views will help shape this so please get engaged when the consultation starts.
Broomielaw has such an important part to play in the regeneration of the city centre. Work has progressed steadily on the District Regeneration Framework and we are close to seeking approval to formally consult with the public on the content of the report and its action plan.
Once we have done this and incorporated the feedback into the report we will look for final approval and then start delivering. We have funding in place for some of the big capital items and assuming that the ideas are well received we have already been talking to partners about how we might take some of the ideas and projects forward.
The consultation process is digital and we will let you know when it will start so please keep a look out for it.
The fact that the Broomielaw Community Council has recently been established is fantastic. We have already met with them to present a flavour of the work done so far.