The Council’s City Deal funded Sauchiehall Street Avenue has recently won the Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure category at the Landscape Institute Awards 2020.

The City Deal/City Centre Regeneration team at Development and Regeneration Services coordinated the project, which is the pilot scheme for the wider Avenues programme. The Avenues are made up of 17 separate schemes that will not only see the delivery of sustainable infrastructure but also bring economic benefits to the city centre.

By redressing the balance of space for people and vehicles, the Avenues project was able to introduce twenty-six semi-mature trees, a bi-directional cycle track, architectural lighting features and footways wide enough for outside seating for everyone to enjoy.

A key aim of the Sauchiehall Avenue project was to promote active travel (walking and cycling) which will help us tackle climate change, make us healthier – both mentally and physically – and has wide-ranging economic benefits. This uptake in active travel through the scheme has been demonstrated by an approximate 600% increase in cyclists entering the city centre via Sauchiehall Street.

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Find out more about the awards finalists here

Find out more about the Sauchiehall Avenues project here



Glasgow City Centre has long been associated with poor air quality. However, steps are being taken to enhance air quality into the city centre. There is already evidence of what can be achieved by limiting car and bus usage in the city centre. For instance, the first two weeks of lockdown in March 2020 led to an estimated 50% drop in levels of nitrogen oxides on Hope Street, which is known as Scotland’s most polluted street.

One key element to lowering air pollution levels is to encourage the switch from car travel to active travel through the provision of attractive public realm and safe cycle infrastructure within the city. Glasgow is working on improving its cycle lane network and works have begun on the biggest cycle infrastructure of this nature in the whole of the UK.

£115M of City Deal funding will support the delivery of 18 new connections between the key entry points to Glasgow City Centre; the new avenues will feature enlarged pavements, new public realm such as benches and feature lighting, segregated cycle lanes, trees and rain gardens, making walking, cycling oo wheeling a safe and attractive choice for all the citizens of Glasgow.
Sauchiehall Street was the first pilot avenue to be completed in 2018, delivering approximately 600 meters of bi-directional segregated cycle infrastructure, and the results have been impressive. According to data collected by Glasgow City Council, there has been an 80% increase in the number of cyclists using the new cycling infrastructure n Sauchiehall Street to enter the city centre. Since its installation, figures for those individuals using the cycle lane to enter the city have increased from 310 in 2018 to 651 in 2020. The figures for those using the cycle network to exit the city is even more staggering – the number of cyclists using the route to leave the city has gone from 56 to 396, which is a rise of 606%.
Figures aside, seeing many families with young children cycling along Sauchiehall Street has really demonstrated the power of delivering safe infrastructure and the impact on behavioural change.



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.”



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.



As part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal funding, Glasgow City Council is investing approximately £115 million within the city centre to deliver on the Enabling Infrastructure- Integrated Public Realm (EIIPR) programme, more commonly known as the Avenues.

UPDATE: On Sauchiehall Street, between Charing Cross and Rose Street/Blythswood Street the new Avenue will deliver immediate improvements to the general physical environment, introduce pedestrian and cycle infrastructure, green infrastructure, extended pedestrian space, reduced motor vehicle space, and respond directly to a wide range of strategic objectives. Further updates will be uploaded as and when available. The phasing is shown in the plan below and this is also downloadable as a PDF. [513kB]

Sauchiehall Avenue Phasing



The full and summary versions of the approved Sauchiehall and Garnethill Regeneration Framework are now available to download from the links at the bend of this news post.

The Sauchiehall and Garnethill District is the first of nine districts to see an area Regeneration Framework developed as part of the City Centre Strategy 2014-19.  This final report is the approved Regeneration Framework and action plan for the Sauchiehall and Garnethill District. It has built upon the consultative draft, incorporated the key findings from the public consultation, and includes a deliverable action plan. It is acknowledged that in a time of such financial constraints in the public sector, not all aspirations of the Regeneration Framework may be achieved. Nor will delivery of the Framework solely be the responsibility of the local authority.

This Framework drew on a significant amount of new research and analysis on the experiential nature of the city centre to better understand how people use the area, and why experiences can differ significantly across the area and throughout day and night. The development period involved an extensive process of stakeholder engagement, data-gathering, surveys and various other methods of assessment that collectively produced an evidence base from which different potential regeneration initiatives have emerged. The outcomes of this work were consolidated into a draft Regeneration Framework which has been clearly endorsed through the public consultation. The chief findings of that process are summarised in the Consultation Statement on page 14 of the Summary document. This final report has therefore broadly retained the draft recommendations and the same structure of the draft report.

Overall the Framework confirms that the district of Sauchiehall and Garnethill contains a plethora of opportunities: a diverse and mixed population, thriving arts and cultural organisations, a vibrant night-time economy – particularly on Sauchiehall Street, a retail destination, good public transport links, and many buildings of historical significance.

The following documents can be downloaded from the following links:

Full Sauchiehall and Garnethill Regeneration Framework April 2016 Full Document [6MB PDF]
Sauchiehall and Garnethill Regeneration Framework April 2016 Summary Document [4MB PDF]