‘The vision is to create a vibrant, playful, liveable City Centre’

Glasgow City Council have appointed a team led by MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord, supported by Space Syntax and a multidisciplinary team, to develop with stakeholders and local communities, Regeneration Frameworks focusing on four districts within the City Centre:  Broomielaw, Blythswood, St Enoch and Central.

To inscribe local knowledge at the heart of the process right from the start, there are currently a whole series of engagement events to listen to, learn from and engage with local people, agencies and stakeholders. As part of this process, a team from art organisation WAVEparticle, who specialise in creative community engagement, were out and about on the streets of Glasgow, inviting people to share their ideas to help shape the future plans for the city centre.

Before embarking in conversations within the city centre, the team started by visiting four neighbourhoods outwith central Glasgow. These ‘satellite’ engagement events were deliberately located north, south, east and west of central Glasgow specifically to gauge why Glaswegians use (or don’t use) their city centre.  These on-street engagements took place over Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August, when the team, including Lead Artist Peter McCaughey, artists Lauren Coleman, Lauren Bishopp and Zöe Hyatt, and filmmaker Basharat Khan, set-up a gazebo at Byres Road, Possilpark, Pollokshaws Road and Auchlinea Park.

With the aid of a large vinyl floormap of Glasgow, an interactive online survey and a Postcard From The Future, (which invites people to imagine Glasgow in 10 years time, and the changes they’d like to see in the city), the WAVEparticle team engaged passers-by in conversation, asking them to think about their city centre – what’s good about it, what needs to be improved / changed, and what would make them use their city centre more often.

The response from the public was terrific and we are grateful for the honesty and enthusiasm from everyone we met, including the children we met outside The Possilpark Health and Care Centre on Saracen Street, who took to the big map with felt-tip pens because they felt the city centre needed a bit more colour.

These 4 short films are a reflection of what people said, giving a real insight into people’s views and opinions about the city they live in. Thank you to all who contributed in any way and for sharing their ideas for the future of (Y)our City Centre.

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The next phase of Glasgow’s City Centre Strategy was formally launched on Monday 29 August by Cllr Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council.

The (Y)our City Centre project will develop plans and ideas for Blythswood, Broomielaw, Central and St Enoch by understanding what works well and what should change to make these city centre districts even better. A team, led by internationally renowned architects MVRDV working with local consultants including Glasgow-based designers Austin-Smith:Lord, will engage with those who live in, work in, study in and visit these areas to come up with proposals to make Glasgow city centre an even more attractive place.

Watch a video of the Launch event with key speakers including the Leader of the Council and Winy Mass, Co-founder of MVRDV.

The (Y)our City Centre team are keen to hear your views. Sign up for regular updates below and share (Y)our Ideas to improve Glasgow city centre via the website, social media and at forthcoming events.



Glasgow City Council have appointed a team led by MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord, supported by Space Syntax and a multidisciplinary team, to embark on the design of District Regeneration Frameworks for four districts of Glasgow City Centre. These Regeneration Frameworks will look to create a clear urban structure to realise Glasgow’s economic, cultural and social potential.

The project will focus on the areas comprising Broomielaw, Blythswood, St Enoch and Central as part of the city’s ambitious City Centre Strategy.

Winy Maas of MVRDV said, “We have an incredibly exciting opportunity to further elaborate Glasgow centre’s potential on every scale. For the residents it is to make the city a vibrant and exciting place to live in at this moment. But we have to look ahead as well and create the plan for a city that can adapt and change in response to whatever the future throws at it; whilst at the same time capturing and developing the identity of the city and its people and further stimulating programmatic and economic development.”

Graham Ross, Partner at Austin-Smith:Lord said, “our team is thrilled to have been appointed for this very significant project. The vitality of Glasgow city centre is of strategic national importance. There are opportunities to make small scale interventions to enhance the city for all. There are also areas that require significant transformation to address longstanding issues. We look forward to collaborating with Glaswegians, the Council and stakeholders to shape an exciting future for these Districts

Today Glasgow’s city centre is a wonderful historical ensemble but it faces – as with many post-industrial cities – challenges including some vacant buildings, under-utilised plots, changes in retail patterns, city centre living, public open space, safety and traffic.

The full team also includes Urban Tide, Douglas Wheeler Associates, WAVEparticle, Ryden, Arup, Gerry Grams and Gardiner + Theobald.