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.
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.
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.
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.
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.