SAUCHIEHALL STREET: FIRST PHASE COMPLETED

SAUCHIEHALL STREET: FIRST PHASE COMPLETED

The first deliverable of the City Deal Avenues project is now complete. Sauchiehall Street, between Charing Cross and Rose Street, has been transformed – and has also been a useful demonstrator project for this new approach to the public realm and placemaking in Glasgow city centre.

The City Deal Avenues project is a £115 million programme aimed at improving the public realm throughout the city centre. Despite two significant fires affecting the construction programme, this first phase has been a great success. It has provided new high-quality space for pedestrians, a segregated cycle lane, benches and 26 new trees, adding some well-needed greenery to the area. The works have broadened pavements enabling bars and cafes to sprawl on to the street, contributing to the liveliness of the city centre.

The aesthetic of the street has significantly improved. It now has a continental look and feel, which makes the avenue almost unrecognisable from before. See below for images – we hope you are as pleased as we are with the outcome!
Sauchiehall Street Glasgow 2019
Sauchiehall Street at night - Glasgow 2019
Glasgow City Council Leader Susan Aitken said, “The completion of Sauchiehall Avenue is a milestone in the rebirth of this famous Glasgow thoroughfare. It is the first stage in the biggest reimaging and remodelling of our city-centre streets since the pedestrianisation of Buchanan Street 40 years ago.”

“We have improved Sauchiehall Street’s overall look and feel. By helping it adapt to the changes affecting high streets everywhere, we’ve created a catalytic physical environment which will bring social and economic benefits.”

“It is now a street where pedestrians, cyclists and vulnerable road users have priority over the car in a safer, cleaner, more vibrant space. The street is now more attractive to both visitors and investors.”

FINAL WEEK FOR ST ENOCH DRF CONSULTATION

FINAL WEEK FOR ST ENOCH DRF CONSULTATION

You only have seven days left to have your say on the St Enoch District Regeneration Framework (DRF) as public consultation ends 6 September. You can download the St Enoch District Regeneration Framework document here.

There are seven themes identified, a number of strategic aims and project activities for the area. There are two questions that we would like as much feedback as we can on this DRF. Firstly, do you think we have identified the right priorities for the area? Secondly, do you agree with the actions on how to deliver the DRF? If not, please let us know what you think.

The themes identified from this DRF vary, from activating the riverside, to how we design streets and spaces, making them more pedestrian-friendly, to a shift towards a more efficient, healthy and sustainable mobility and for the ambition to create a vibrant area. Feedback will be fed into the proposals before they are finally approved and become a set of actions which need to be delivered – so please have your say.

Have your say at Glasgow City Council’s Consultation Hub.

BROOMIELAW DRF WINS SCOTTISH DESIGN AWARD

BROOMIELAW DRF WINS SCOTTISH DESIGN AWARD

Great news! The Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework (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 won a Masterplanning Award at last night’s Scottish Design Awards.

This is a really encouraging endorsement of the DRF which the Council approved early this year. As part of the City Centre Strategy, nine distinct Districts were identified and Broomielaw is the first of the four which Austin-Smith:Lord and MVRDV have developed. The St Enoch DRF is out for public consultation at the moment. The consultation closes on 6 September so if you haven’t already done so please make the time to do so. The remaining two DRFs, Central and Blythswood will come out for consultation later this year.

In the meantime, work continues on planning the delivery of the actions outlined in the Broomielaw DRF.

To view the Broomielaw DRF please select the links below:
Broomielaw-DRF [9.18MB PDF]
Broomielaw DRF Executive Summary[2.27MB PDF]

(Y)OUR GREAT STREETS AND SPACES: PLEASE COMMENT ON THE ST ENOCH PROPOSALS

(Y)OUR GREAT STREETS AND SPACES: PLEASE COMMENT ON THE ST ENOCH PROPOSALS

The St Enoch area is often referred to as being car-dominated, secluded, as well as lacking in street life and activity. Argyle Street and St Enoch Square attract the highest footfall for the area, however, there is scope for improvement. There is also a lack of green spaces throughout the area, with many consultees observing that many of the streets are unattractive. It is imperative that this area, where the heart of the city meets its river, becomes a more prominent destination and to become more attractive, additional quality public spaces are needed. Consequently, this will attract new investment and will entice new inhabitants.

To achieve this, key streets like Argyle Street, Ballater Street, Jamaica Street and the quays will be revived as attractive public spaces with diverse characteristics. Moreover, one or two new routes will be made through St Enoch Shopping Centre, allowing pedestrians to walk directly from the city centre to the river quay, revitalising the currently overlooked areas of St Enoch.

In addition, the project aims to create an events space in the heart of St Enoch with the aspiration that this will become a new visitor attraction to the area. The City Centre currently has various spaces used for events. However, there would appear to be a demand for a more flexible, contemporary event space that relieves pressure on George Square. A new event plaza (as well as the River Park) could accommodate seasonal and commercial events including Christmas fairs/markets, art fairs or street sports tournaments. This will allow George Square to become less commercialised and dedicated to civic ceremonies, public gatherings and protests.

Now you can have your say:
The 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
Glasgow City Council’s Consultation Hub

Please let us know what you think.

ST ENOCH DISTRICT REGENERATION FRAMEWORK –  UPDATE

ST ENOCH DISTRICT REGENERATION FRAMEWORK – UPDATE

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.

(Y)OUR RIVER PARK: YOUR CHANCE TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSALS FOR ST ENOCH.

(Y)OUR RIVER PARK: YOUR CHANCE TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSALS FOR ST ENOCH.

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