The history of St Enoch Square is indicative and reflective of the development of the wider district in which it sits. Originally the western boundary of Glasgow Green with strong links to the River Clyde and the reputed burial site of St Thenew (St Enoch), over the years this area has variously been a car park, a religious site, a glass-works and a major transport hub, to name but a few. It has been a place of quiet introspection, a pasture for sheep grazing, a meeting place for farmers, and a busy retail centre. It has passed through various owners and has been home to a church, a train station, a hotel, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. For many years it was a simple green space of grass and shrubs but eventually became one of the first locations in the city to experience electrical light. It has been party to huge construction works and equally massive demolitions.

In short, St Enoch Square has been many different things to many different people through the ages. It continues to be an important part of Glasgow city centre and remains the heart of the St Enoch district. Now, as we investigate how spaces like this can be best utilised going forward, it’s important that we receive the views and opinions of the people who will be experiencing it now and in the future.

St Enoch DRF formally went live on 14th June and remains available for comment until 6th September. You can access the document and the GCC Consultation Hub via the following links:

Draft St Enoch Regeneration Framework Document

Consultation comment form

Please let us know what you think.



A new project, which will see 11 vacant shop units on Glasgow’s historic High Street and Saltmarket transformed into interim/temporary spaces – most of which are for the creative industries – was launched 26th June.

The Meanwhile Space project aims to increase the vitality of areas by generating footfall and supporting new and growing businesses. The initiative, one of 26 exciting projects planned as part of Glasgow City Council’s High Street Area Strategy (HSAS), by City Property Glasgow (Investments) and Glasgow City Council. It is also part of the Council’s Space for Growth strategy, which will see several long term vacant shop units transformed into temporary creative spaces.

The initiative, which has already seen success in London and Paris, is part of the HSAS plans to revitalise the area, helping to develop creative organisations and creating jobs while also supporting inclusive economic growth across Glasgow. Moreover, making units will help to support and grow a thriving local community.

WASPS, a non-profit studio provider for creative artists, launched the project. WASPS have five units in St Andrews Street, all being utilised by a variety of creative artists, hoping to add something unique to the area.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The High Street and Saltmarket area is the historic heart of our great city. With its rich heritage, resonance with Glaswegians and proximity to the city centre, it has so much potential – but has been neglected for far too long. Meanwhile Space is a fantastic opportunity not merely to breathe new life into the area but to help nurture one of Glasgow’s key sectors – the creative industries. The flourishing galleries and creative spaces in adjoining streets show what can be achieved.

Audrey Carlin, Chief Executive Officer of WASPS, said: “WASPS is delighted to be taking on five units as part of the Meanwhile Space project. This initiative offers something that doesn’t already exist in the city – a transition space in which we can support creative people to move from an artist studio into a more public-facing shopfront, ultimately allowing them to develop a sustainable business and contribute to Glasgow’s economy long term”.

Ongoing updates on the project will appear on the city centre strategy website.



Strathclyde University architecture students, in partnership with Glasgow City Council, would like to invite you to a design consultation event on 30 June 10:00-16:00 at 279-281 High Street. The purpose of this event is to discuss and collaborate on a design for a new community garden on High Street. The objective of this garden is to bring a piece of derelict land back into use to the benefit of the local community, providing green space and communal seating.

At this event there will be an exhibition, displaying a range of different design ideas for the garden and it will offer you an opportunity to provide your comments and inform the conversation going forward. The designs have been created by 2nd-year architecture students following months of collaborative work with the current gardeners and various Council services.

Furthermore, this community garden is another aspect of the High Street Area Strategy. The High Street Area Strategy’s objective is to regenerate High Street and Saltmarket, the historic heart of the city. Other projects that are already underway include the Independent Retail Fund, which aims to enhance the look and feel of the area and the Meanwhile Use project, which aims to provide spaces for creative industries.

For more information please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Find out more about the High Street Area Strategy [8 MB PDF]



Glasgow is a city well renowned for its green spaces and is often referred to as the Dear Green Place. However, the city centre itself lacks such spaces. The St Enoch and Broomielaw District Regeneration Frameworks (DRFs) hope to address this, by creating a river park along the River Clyde.

The Clyde side at the moment is dominated by the car, making it unattractive to pedestrians and cyclists. As a result of this, public space in this area is inadequate for a modern 21st-century city. Consequently, the aim is to provide continuous safe ‘car-free’ routes for pedestrians and cyclists. In addition, provision of long distance linear promenade is a crucial element of (Y)our River Park.

The aim is to create a River Clyde Linear park, from Glasgow Green to the River Kelvin, making it the biggest and most vibrant park in Glasgow. The ambition for the River Park is for it to become the attraction of the city centre, full of amenity spaces such as green and water recreation play spaces, sports tracks and fields for all ages and a social/events space. Moreover, the river should become a nationally significant destination that attracts international visitors, making it a natural hub for socialising and leisure. As a result of this, the area should attract high footfall and the river can once again be at the heart and soul of the city.

Again tackling the inaccessibility of the River, improvements to bridge connections will be considered. Strengthening the pedestrian and cycle connection of River Clyde South Bank and North Bank by introducing an intermediate bridge between the Squiggly Bridge (Tradeston) and the Squinty Bridge (Clyde Arc) will be investigated, as well as additional bridge crossings. Moreover, additional connections will better connect neighbourhoods on each side of the River and will encourage positive developments.

Now you can have your say:

The St Enoch District Regeneration Framework (DRF) is now out for public consultation and this is your chance to have your input on the DRF, highlighting which themes you think will benefit the city or vice versa. Please see attached links below for St Enoch DRF and St Enoch DRF public consultation:

Download the Draft St Enoch DRF Report
Tell us what you think



The St Enoch District Regeneration Framework (DRF) follows on from similar documents previously generated for both the Sauchiehall & Garnethill, and Broomielaw districts. As such it identifies a number of different strategic aims and project activities for the area. Like the Broomielaw document before it, St Enoch DRF is also strongly associated with the regeneration of the River Clyde and references the theme of (Y)our River Park.

Additionally, it also includes the themes of (Y)our Great Streets & Spaces, (Y)our Updated Mobility, (Y)our Great Buildings, (Y)our Vibrant St Enoch, as well as Transforming (Y)our St Enoch. Each of these different elements contributes towards the overall ambition for the district and, in the same way, each DRF contributes to the wider aspirations for the city centre and, by extension, Glasgow.

Consequently, given the potential impact of these proposals, it is so important that as many people as possible take the opportunity to read over these vision documents and understand what is planned. More importantly, it is an opportunity for you to provide your comments and inform the conversation going forward.

St Enoch DRF formally went live on 14th June and remains available for comment until 6th September. You can access the document and the GCC Consultation Hub via the following links:

Draft St Enoch DRF Document

GCC Consultation Page

Please let us know what you think.



With the Council giving final approval for the Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework (DRF) and the go-ahead to continue the public engagement for the St Enoch DRF the City Centre Districts Strategy has taken a big step forward.

For Broomielaw we are now preparing to move into the implementation phase. The actions are defined across seven themes with projects that are small, medium and large. The public consultation was very supportive of the themes and the key projects, which is an encouraging place to start from. There will be regular updates as the project develops.

It was also really good to hear that the Broomielaw DRF which was developed by a multi-disciplinary team appointed by the Council and led by Glasgow-based architecture practice, Austin-Smith:Lord, working in collaboration with leading international architects and urbanists, MVRDV has been shortlisted for a Scottish Design Award. The awards will be announced on the 22 August. This team have also developed the St Enoch DRF.

The other big step forward was the approval to continue the process of engagement by moving into the final public consultation phase for St Enoch. To date, this phase of the City Centre Districts Strategy has engaged with over 5,000 people so this is the opportunity to look at and comment on the proposals that have been pulled together from people’s thoughts on the opportunities and challenges in St Enoch.

Given how many people have been engaged up to now it would be really good to hear from as many people as possible during this final consultation. If you want to take part click on this link and it will take you to the full and summary reports as well as the survey.

St Enoch DRF Consultation”>This is the link to the survey on the St Enoch DRF Consultation.