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.



A series of Stakeholder workshop events was held in the Radisson Blu hotel on 6 October 2016. These workshops enabled the consultant team to share some initial observations and analysis. Most importantly attendees, including local residents, businesses, organisations, public agencies and local authority, were invited to share their ideas and help set the agenda for the (Y)our Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework.

A report summarising the headline issues arising from the Stakeholder Event 01 will be posted online soon. In advance please follow this link to an extract copy of the presentation for reference.



You are cordially invited to participate in the (Y)our Broomielaw Emerging Ideas Stakeholder Event 02. This follows on from Event 01 in October which helped set the project agenda.

The Emerging Ideas Stakeholder Event 02 on 24 November 2016 will allow you to review initial ideas, help refine proposals and inform a prioritised action plan for a new Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework.

Drop in to the Renfrew Ferry at any time from 11:00am till 21:00pm on Thursday 24 November to share your ideas and help shape the regeneration of (Y)our Broomielaw over the next 10 years. Come along to presentations and workshops at 2:00pm and 6.30pm to review and refine the Emerging Ideas. Sign up for the workshops below.

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A team from art organisation WAVEparticle, who specialise in creative community engagement, went out onto the streets of Glasgow over Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th September 2016, inviting people to share their ideas to help shape the future plans for the city centre.

This film is a reflection of the focused on-street engagement that took place in the area of the Broomielaw . With the aid of a 7sq metre map of the city centre, a Postcard From The Future (which invites people to imagine Glasgow in 10 years time) and a bespoke interactive (Y)our City Centre online survey, we invited people’s views on, for example, the Broomielaw riverfront, the impact of the M8 and how well connections work north-south, and east-west.

This film captures portraits of the people we met, along with their impressions, observations and analysis of the city where they live, work or are visiting. It also captures a sense of the locations we visited, including Waterloo Street, Wellington Street, the pedestrian area at Tradeston Bridge and outside Anderston Rail Station, under the M8.

(Y)our City Centre Glasgow – Broomielaw – 2016-HD from (Y)our City Centre on Vimeo.

The WAVEparticle team would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who took the time in their busy day to stop and talk with us and share their thoughts about the Broomielaw and their ideas for the future of (Y)our City Centre.

For further information please visit:
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“The smart city can be defined as the integration of data and digital technologies into a strategic approach to sustainability, citizen well-being and economic development” – Scottish Government, 2014

Smart Cities adopt a ‘system-of-systems’ approach to service delivery and develop collaborative service models to focus on shared outcomes across organisational boundaries. Smart Cities make best use of data and digital technologies to invest in enhanced openness and transparency that promotes citizen and business engagement in, and ownership of, service reform.

The prospect is of cities and their regions using data and digital technologies to manage urban congestion, maximise energy efficiency through smart grid technology, enhance public security and resilience, allocate scarce resources based on real-time evidence and turn operational data into insight, information and knowledge.

The Smart Cities concept is based on replicating this data process across multiple systems delivering exponentially greater benefits with fuller deployment across all service areas.

Glasgow’s Smart City journey

Future City Glasgow

In 2013, Glasgow beat 50 other UK cities to win funding worth £24m from Innovate UK to explore innovative ways to use technology and data to make life in the city safer, smarter and more sustainable.

Over 18 months, Glasgow’s Future Cities Demonstrator developed a series of initiatives to showcase the exciting potential offered by smart city technology.

OPEN Glasgow

Cities and their citizens generate a huge amount of data which can be used in smart ways to achieve great things. Stepping boldly into the future, Glasgow developed an OPEN Data platform that allows the city and organisations to automate the publication of their data, allows it to be stored and makes it available on a large scale so that it is easy to access It helps make the publication of open data sustainable for everyone in the city and helps us to understand and shape Glasgow in new and surprising ways.

Glasgow Operations Centre

The Glasgow Operations Centre is a state-of-the-art integrated traffic and public safety management system created with the help of Future City funding. By bringing together public CCTV, Glasgow Community Safety Services, Traffic Management Services and the Resilience and Safety Team, this centralised hub can assess and respond to situations large and small across the city. It also helped facilitate and safeguard the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Four Demonstrators to help show the way

The Intelligent Street Lighting Demonstrator showed how the city can use smarter streetlights to improve lighting quality, reduce energy usage and make maintenance more efficient. The pilot scheme also collected useful data that could have a positive impact on the quality of life and public safety in the two test locations, Riverside Walkway and Gordon Street, such as noise detection, movement detection, air pollution detection and WiFi service.

The Active Travel Demonstrator showed how the city can be made friendlier for both cyclists and pedestrians, and had the potential to inform strategies that could help Glasgow reach the Scottish Government target of 10% of all journeys being completed by bike.

The Energy Efficiency Demonstrator showed how obtaining increasingly accurate information could help inspire ways to cut emissions, reduce overheads and address issues of fuel poverty. By creating a detailed, data-rich portrait of Glasgow’s consumption, it became possible to identify and act upon factors that change energy behaviours.

The Integrated Social Transport Demonstrator helped some of Glasgow’s most vulnerable citizens access social and educational services. Smart integration and route scheduling software will increase flexibility and responsiveness, while also reducing operational costs and making it easier for the same transport to be used across various organisations.

See for detailed overview of all the projects

How Smart can Glasgow be?

What are the opportunities?

The Future City Glasgow programme has provided a strong platform for Glasgow, it is already unlocking new projects and funding opportunities. We want to ensure that the significant benefits can be realised from the ‘network effect’ – as data, technology and people are joined together. This exponentially magnifies the potential benefits, impact and value that can be delivered.

During the next stages of the (Y)our City Centre Project we will use our Smart Cities Maturity Model and Self-Assessment Tool to help identify and understand what Smart projects are planned, commenced or an aspiration for the city centre districts.

The Smart Cities Maturity Model and Self-Assessment Tool draws on and adapts existing models and frameworks in this field, and was developed with the Scottish Government and Scottish Cities Alliance to use with all seven Scottish cities. It helps cities understand their position on the journey towards ‘smart’ and is designed to walk cities through the process of clearly understanding current activity, identifying next steps, and gaining an appreciation of the actions and resources required to realise their ambitions. Furthermore it supports the development of business cases to unlock investment and resources required to realise and take advantage of the opportunities delivered by a ‘system-of-systems’ smart city approach.

Investment in digital technologies and improved data management alone will not however deliver the Smart City. Over time cities need to consider the strategic intent, governance and service delivery models that exist together with their approach to citizen and business engagement if they are to secure the maximum impact from their investments. The ultimate vision is of a Smart City that strategically manages multiple systems at a city-wide level and through increased transparency, openness and shared accountability creates an innovation system that improves outcomes and enhances city competitiveness.

Please answer these questions in the comments section below:

  • What does the term “smart city” mean to you? Do you know of any smart city projects worldwide? If, yes what is your favourite?
  • Generally speaking, do you think Glasgow is “innovative”? Please list one or more things that would in your opinion make Glasgow smarter/more innovative?
  • What smart city projects would you like to see in Glasgow?