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:
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:
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.
There are seven more days to go until the Broomielaw District Regeneration consultation period ends. You can respond using this link.
At the end of this post, you will see seven visualisations of the aspirations for Broomielaw. The visualisations were prepared by MVRDV and Austin-Smith Lord who led the consultant team. Within the proposal there are seven themes identified and along with the proposed actions to deliver them. There are essentially two main questions that we would like as much feedback as we can get, do you think these are the right priorities? and actions that over the next 10 years or so will deliver the significant change to Broomielaw and the whole of the City Centre.
The themes are the River Park, Urbanised M8, Great Streets and Spaces, Updated Mobility, Great Buildings, Vibrant Broomielaw and Transforming Broomielaw and the actions that are planned to deliver these. They can range from activating the riverside, whether the space under the M8 could be used in a way which makes it less of a barrier, how we design streets and spaces as wells as the look and feel of important gateways to the District such as Anderston Station.
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.
As part of the evidence-based approach taken by the consultant team led by Austin Smith Lord and MVRDV over 5,000 people were asked about the challenges and opportunities to improve (Y)our City Centre. These ideas combined with other research, including what other European and World Cities have done well, was used to create a baseline for Glasgow. This combined evidence base was used to develop and prioritise a series of actions to improve the City Centre as a place to stay and live, to work and create, to visit and enjoy and to invest and build.
The District Regeneration Framework applies the evidence base to Broomielaw to deliver the same ambitions in a much more local context, for example, through commitments to develop a River Park and to animate the spaces along the riverside, under the M8 undercroft and to improve the public realm. There are seven themes in total with actions and investment aimed at encouraging a change in the area. We want the area to be more connected, to develop a distinct character and attract more people after office hours and at the weekend.
A reminder to get involved in the public consultation on (Y)our Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework (DRF). The closing date is set for Friday 5th April, so only three weeks to go.
If Glasgow city centre is to fulfil its potential in the future, Broomielaw has a huge part to play. Broomielaw should be one of Glasgow’s signature 21st-century urban destinations; a revitalised, mixed-use waterfront district that secures Glasgow’s position as a leading European city.
Broomielaw’s renaissance should supercharge the city region’s inclusive economic growth, creating jobs, cultural opportunities and city centre living for Glaswegians new and old. It is highly accessible with excellent connections and can become a clean, green, walkable city centre district adjacent to the Scottish Event Campus.
Broomielaw should redefine Glasgow city centre’s relationship to the Clyde becoming the centrepiece of a great city centre River Park with a beautiful and continuous riverside promenade.
The team at Austin Smith Lord and MVRDV which collected the information and engaged with over 5,000 people identified seven key themes and it is these themes you can comment on as part of the consultation:
(Y)our River Park: this is a proposal to create a world-class linear public space along both banks of the River Clyde. The aim is to create a quality urban park amenity characterised by water, green and public spaces activated by events and play spaces, recreation and cultural activity for all ages in all seasons, all weather, all day, for all Glaswegians and visitors
(Y)our Urbanised M8: this aims to maintain the benefits of an urban motorway while reducing its negative impacts. Many consultees highlighted the convenience and connectivity benefits of the motorway, however the majority recognised its negative impact – creating a physical barrier between the city centre, and its West End and North. Anderston Cross, for instance, is currently an unpleasant experience for pedestrians and cyclists, but it should be a great gateway to the city centre
(Y)our Great Streets and Spaces: this theme seeks to respond to the car-dominated character of the district, with excessive spaces for motorised vehicles. Broken connections need to be restored throughout the district and investment in public spaces and the physical environment is essential
(Y)our Great Buildings: this theme promotes actions to respect Glasgow’s historic built heritage with the highest quality contemporary design. The DRF promotes the development of character-specific areas with an emphasis on pedestrian and cyclist accessibility
(Y)our Updated Mobility: this incorporates proposals to enhance the city centre’s public transport and active travel networks to create a sustainable, walkable city, and will include a review of the City Centre Transport Strategy in the context of the DRF objectives and the recommendations of the Glasgow Connectivity Commission
(Y)our Vibrant Broomielaw: this theme proposes the establishment of a lively, attractive mixed-use riverfront district and a significant uplift in the residential population leading to more viable amenities and a sustainable, walkable and activated district
(Y)our Transforming Broomielaw: this focuses on the creation of agile policies and shared objectives to attract investment, secure funding and foster collaborative working. Transforming this district must be a truly collaborative partnership between all stakeholders. Despite the lack of public ownership, GCC confirm that they will look to work with partners to develop masterplan strategies for both sides of the river.