The City Centre Regeneration team in partnership with colleagues in Land & Environmental Services has undertaken a number of improvements to the look and feel of Buchanan Street Precinct. New traditional style benches have been installed, which have proven to be very popular, with the black marble benches removed for use elsewhere. (The benches will also be easily removed for large scale events if required and can be reinstalled at little cost.)
The next phase of the seating project will see a similar style being installed on Argyle St with seven pods being created along the central area of the pedestrian precinct which will form a more pleasant experience for shoppers. It is expected that these works will be complete over the summer months (Please see indicative drawing for information). The seating will also be removed/re-installed for any large scale events programme for the precinct.
Colleagues in Land Environmental Services have also brightened up their excellent, colourful planters with the installation of eight wicker sculptures depicting various elements of the City centre offer including: fashion, music and dining.
The sculptures have a life expectancy of approx. 5 years and due to the popularity of the works, further expansion will be considered.
Over the last few weeks, a team from Art Organisation WAVEparticle have been out and about on High Street and Saltmarket chatting with retailers and residents.
The event planned for Saturday 22 July will celebrate the ancient heritage of High Street and Saltmarket, and the living heritage of retailers and residents, some of whom have been on the street for 40+ years. At the same time, we want to look to possible futures for the area.
From 11:00 am on 22 July we will fly one hundred and one flags and standards, reflecting both the rich history and the current life of the oldest line in the city, in parallel to the Merchant City Festival Carnival procession. So thanks to many of you who have already committed to being involved!
We are holding three drop-in sessions where you can come along, meet the team, ask any questions you might have about the event and get involved! These will take place in McChuills Bar, 40 High Street on the following dates:
Thursday 6th July 5.30-7.30 Thursday 13th July 5.30-7.30 Thursday 20th July 5.30-7.30
Following on from the successful waste minimisation workshops held on the 15 June at The Lighthouse, Glasgow City Council will be hosting a further two workshops, in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) Programme. The workshops will assist businesses in meeting the new requirements of Glasgow City Council’s City Centre Commercial Waste Project and could help make some savings on trade waste.
A range of attending city centre businesses attended the previous workshops – from retail to hospitality – with staff from the RES programme on hand after the workshop who were able to discuss individual requests for support from some of the attendees.
Feedback from the workshop was very positive and all attendees were able to sign up for a waste reduction pack and other useful materials. Presentations from Zero Waste Scotland explained the range of help available, from one-to-one support, to staff engagement toolkits, to access to loans and grant finance.
The next workshop* will be held on the 27 June 2017 at the Mackintosh Unit in St Enoch Centre (1st floor next to Debenhams). You can register to attend on the link below.
Have you an image of High Street or Saltmarket to share? If so we’d love to hear from you!
A team from art organisation WAVEparticle will be out and about on High Street and Saltmarket over the course of these next few weeks in June.
With the aid of a large-scale map of the area, they’ll be chatting to local retailers, residents and passers-by, to gather images and stories about the area. These stories can be of a small, local or personal scale, or big history – it’s all of interest.
The stories and images gathered will be used in a unique event, taking place on Saturday 22nd July during the Merchant City Festival, that will focus attention on the line that runs through Glasgow from High Street to the Saltmarket – the oldest line in the city.
The plan is to create a series of handheld banners to be displayed along the route, half of which will celebrate the history and heritage of the street that is currently invisible, and half that will carry an emblem or symbol drawn from the lived life and stories of the current retailers, businesses and residents that live and work along the route. It’s about drawing inspiration from the past, acknowledging and celebrating the present, and framing what’s possible in the future.
This project is supported by Glasgow City Council and the Carnegie UK Trust.
To send contributions or for more information please contact: Email: [email protected] Image credit: WAVEparticle
Professor Winy Maas, a founding Director of MVRDV, Rotterdam based architects and urbanists, gave a public lecture in Glasgow on Tuesday 7th February 2016.Over 400 people attended the event in the St. Vincent Street Church; a masterpiece designed by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. Over 400 people attended the event in the St. Vincent Street Church; a masterpiece designed by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson.
MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord, supported by a multidisciplinary team, have recently been commissioned by Glasgow City Council to develop with stakeholders and local communities, Regeneration Frameworks for four districts within the City Centre. Entitled (Y)our City Centre this project is progressing throughout 2017.
In this lecture, organised and introduced by Austin-Smith:Lord, Winy Maas outlines MVRDV’s design philosophy. He outlines how to create an intimate city, how to build a boutique made of glass bricks, how to stack Dutch landscapes and how to advance research in nano-technology that might one day replace concrete as a construction material. In conclusion, parallels are drawn with Glasgow and the (Y)our City Centre project.
The Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) programme will be running two workshops* on the 15th and 27th June to assist businesses in meeting the new requirements of Glasgow City Council’s City Centre Commercial Waste Pilot Project.
RES is a programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland which provides a one-stop-shop for businesses in Scotland to make better use of resources – whether energy, water or raw materials. A range of help is available, from one-to-one support to staff engagement toolkits, to access to loans and grant finance.
The workshops will offer the opportunity to:
learn more about the upcoming changes and how it may affect your business
learn how businesses can manage their waste better, recycle more and often save money
find out about the 1-2-1 support available to SME’s and potential funding for waste prevention equipment
prepare for the changes using tried-and-tested techniques, best practice examples, and free tools and templates
meet and share experiences with other businesses
Staff from the Resource Efficient Scotland programme will also be on hand after the workshop to discuss any individual requests for support from attendees.
*Priority for these workshops will be given to Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME’s), private sector landlords, not-for-profit organisations and charities.
Register your attendance online on the following link. Further details will be provided for the workshop on the 27th June (St Enoch Centre) at a later date.