BROOMIELAW UPDATE: UTILISING A VALUABLE RESOURCE

BROOMIELAW UPDATE: UTILISING A VALUABLE RESOURCE

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.

DISTRICT REGENERATION FRAMEWORK UPDATE

DISTRICT REGENERATION FRAMEWORK UPDATE

We are currently consulting with all Council stakeholders on the content of the St Enoch District Regeneration Framework (DRF) which has been developed by the Austin-Smith:Lord team. This consultation will be complete by the 19 October 2018. As soon as we have incorporated all relevant comments we will start the process of getting approval to formally consult with the public. The feedback from this consultation will be added to the 3,500 engagements which the design team have already gathered from various stakeholders during the creation of the DRF. This final consultation will give people the opportunity to say whether they agree with the projects and their prioritisation.

Each of the DRF’s has a range of small, medium and large projects and in all instances, the approach on delivery will be based around the (Y)our approach of partnership with other public sector bodies and also with the private sector.

(Y)OUR ST ENOCH: UPDATE

(Y)OUR ST ENOCH: UPDATE

The St Enoch report is almost ready for internal consultation. Once all the relevant Council departments have had the opportunity to feedback on the draft Regeneration Framework we will take this forward and look to get approval to formally consult with the public. During the process of developing the Framework over 3,500 ideas and pieces of feedback were received. We are hopeful that we have been able to translate these into a meaningful plan.

In the meantime there other city centre initiatives which can help to activate parts of the District and one of these is the Lane Activation Fund. More details are available here.

The consultation process is digital and we will let you know when it will start so please keep a look out for it.

(Y)OUR BROOMIELAW: UPDATE

(Y)OUR BROOMIELAW: UPDATE

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.

(Y)OUR SAUCHIEHALL: UPDATE

(Y)OUR SAUCHIEHALL: UPDATE

The Regeneration Framework for this District was approved in 2016. Since then a great deal of work has been done to get the Avenues project on Sauchiehall Street started and delivered. We expect this work will be complete early in the New Year.

The Framework identified a number of projects from big to small. The Avenues is obviously a big project. The impact that smaller projects have should not be underestimated so we are pleased to confirm that work on the upgrade of Garnethill Park will start in early November and be complete in the middle of December.

To make sure that we maintain the momentum we are working to secure additional resources to make sure that other small and medium-sized projects are delivered in the next few months.

In the meantime, another initiative introduced as part of the City Centre Strategy is the Lane Activation Fund and while this open to anyone there are particular opportunities in the lanes of the Sauchiehall and Garnethill.

The area has been through some particularly difficult times and we will work with the community and businesses to see if there are any ways that we can support them.

(Y)OUR CITY – A PUBLIC LECTURE BY PROFESSOR WINY MAAS

(Y)OUR CITY – A PUBLIC LECTURE BY PROFESSOR WINY MAAS

This lecture is available on Youtube at https://youtu.be/Di85ayUn4rA

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.

Thanks to:
Glasgow City Council (https://www.glasgowcitycentrestrategy.com/)
Glasgow City Free Church (http://www.glasgowcityfreechurch.org/)
MVRDV & Winy Maas (https://www.mvrdv.nl/)
(Y)our City Centre consultant team (www.yourcitycentre.com)
Austin-Smith:Lord colleagues (http://www.austinsmithlord.com/)

Filming & Edit
Michael Rae (http://www.michaelrea.co.uk/)