The draft Sauchiehall and Garnethill Regeneration Framework has just been published for consultation.

If you’re interested in seeing the range of public engagement that has taken place over the last year to inform the draft Framework, you might like to see the Engagement Report produced for the Council.

The Sauchiehall Engagement Report outlines all of the engagement activities that have taken place over the last year. Chapter 5 summarises the outputs of all that work, which then formed the agenda for the draft Regeneration Framework.



After many months of public input and hard work, Glasgow City Council has published the draft Sauchiehall and Garnethill District Regeneration Framework for public consultation.

The Sauchiehall and Garnethill District Regeneration Framework is the result of engagement with residents, businesses and organisations in the District sharing their time, knowledge and ideas about what they like about this part of the city centre and how it could be in the future.

This next stage is formal public consultation on the draft, the aim of which is to make sure the draft document sets the right agenda for change in the District.

There has already been positive comment on our Twitter feed and in the media about the draft Regeneration Framework – for example, in The Herald, The Guardian and STV Glasgow’s The Riverside Show (11 minutes in). But we need to know what you think too.

Why was this draft Regeneration Framework developed?

The Council believes that placing people at the centre of city planning, policy and design decisions will benefit its people, their health, the environment and the city’s overall economy.

Glasgow City Centre Strategy and Action Plan was the first important step towards creating a more walkable, connected city centre. At the heart of this urban vision is the establishment of nine new ‘Districts’ and the creation of a Regeneration Framework for each one.

Sauchiehall and Garnethill District is the first district to benefit from this people-oriented approach. Using international knowledge of how to create people friendly environments, the consultant team led by Gehl Architects and Nick Wright Planning conducted extensive data collection and analysis, surveys and widespread stakeholder engagement which gave local people chances to get involved in the development of this draft Framework. A range of face-to-face and online engagement activities, including this dedicated website and social media channels, helped to understand key issues and identify opportunities and broker new relationships.

What’s in the draft Regeneration Framework?

It has four strategic themes and puts forward over 80 actions to build on the assets in the District by creating short, medium and long term improvements. Delivery of these actions over the next decade or so will depend on funding availability and cost-benefit analysis. A prioritised list of key projects will be identified through this public consultation.

What are the four strategic themes?

1. A living district: to develop a strong and safe mixed-use neighbourhood that will provide access to local, everyday services, which in turn will help facilitate healthier and more active lifestyles. By developing attractive, better connected spaces that are designed to encourage public use, the Framework hopes to make the district overall a better place for those who live, work, or visit there.

2. Local distinctiveness: to improve the public space across the district, and better capitalise on its cultural assets.

3. Connected and mobile: with a focus on enhancing physical connections within and outwith the district, with pedestrian priority over all other modes of transport.

4. A vibrant district: supporting opportunities to encourage independent and local business development, with affordable housing and leisure activity and greater availability of social and economic options for residents and visitors.

What are the proposed improvements?

The draft Framework also contains a Public Space Plan that puts forward a number of project proposals that would help create more green and quality spaces for pedestrians and cyclists in different parts of the District.

How can I see and comment on the draft Regeneration Framework?

You can view the document and complete the survey at the Council’s online Consultation Hub: www.glasgow.gov.uk/consultations

Hard copies are available to see in the District at:

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE
Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfrew Street, G3 6RF
Maklab, Charing Cross Mansions, 30 St Georges Road, G2 6UJ
Mitchell Library (lending library beyond cafe), North Street, G3 7DN
Project Café, 124 Renfrew Street, G3 6ST

When does the public consultation start and finish?

The public consultation will take place from 20 November 2015 to 15 January 2016.

What happens after the consultation finishes?

After the consultation closes on 15 January 2016, the draft document will be revised and an action plan developed. A final version of the Regeneration Framework will then be brought back to the Council’s Executive Committee for approval.

Once approved, the Framework will become Supplementary Guidance to the City Development Plan, meaning that it will be a ‘material consideration’ in determining planning applications in the District.

Who do I contact if I want to ask a question about the draft Regeneration Framework?

If you have any questions please contact Jane Laiolo in the Council’s City Centre Regeneration Team: telephone 0141 287 7207 or by email at [email protected]

And finally…

The Council also proposes to restrict the speed limit within the city centre (including Sauchiehall Street and most of Garnethill) to 20mph. This will complement the draft Regeneration Framework by making the city centre a more ‘people friendly.’

Further information is available on the proposed Traffic Regulation Order to introduce this proposal can be found on the Council website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/proposedtro. Public consultation on the Traffic Regulation Order took place up until on 30 November 2015.



The Council’s Executive Committee today approved the draft Sauchiehall and Garnethill Regeneration Framework for public consultation.

A nine week consultation period is planned to start on 20th November. We’ll announce more details on this website and via Twitter and Facebook in a few days’ time.

If you’ve been involved in any of the engagement activities that helped to develop the draft Regeneration Framework during the course of this year, this formal public consultation is your opportunity to tell the Council whether the draft plan is what you expected – and what the area needs.



The draft Regeneration Framework for Sauchiehall and Garnethill, prepared by Gehl Architects and their team on behalf of Glasgow City Council, will be considered by Councillors at an Executive Committee meeting on Thursday 12th November.

If approved for consultation by the Executive Committee, the City Council will then make the document available for public consultation from 20th November for 9 weeks.

You can get a preview of the draft Regeneration Framework that will be considered by the Executive Committee here (the link will take you to a 9mb PDF of the document on the City Council’s website).

Assuming that the Executive Committee approve the draft Regeneration Framework for consultation, we’ll publish full details of the public consultation and how to have your say in a few days’ time.



The first temporary ‘parklet’ is now in place outside the CCA on Sauchiehall Street: a new splash of greenery in the city and somewhere to grab a seat and watch the world go by.

What’s it for, you ask? We want to help people re-imagine Sauchiehall Street – paving the way for a complete revamp in 2017, when the street will be transformed from Charing Cross to the GFT. The designs that the Council is working on will have more trees, places to sit, more room for pedestrians, cycle lanes, better lighting and more outdoor space for businesses and artists.

You can see and hear more about the parklet on STV’s Riverside Show (link valid until 6th October 2015), 25 minutes in.

riverside show image

So if you’re on Sauchiehall Street sit down, take a break and let us know what you think.

And keep an eye out for other parklets over the next few months… we’ve got more planned.

CCA parklet by day



Yesterday saw Gehl Architects, commissioned by Glasgow City Council, unveil the draft Regeneration Framework for the Sauchiehall and Garnethill area of the city centre.

Thanks to each of the 125+ people who came to the CCA along to hear and discuss the four themes were put forward to guide future change:

  • A living district with a number of strategies to make the area, particularly Garnethill, a better place to live.
  • Local distinctiveness – greener and better maintained streets and spaces, making more of local assets like cultural institutions and venues, and celebrating cultural diversity.
  • Connected and mobile – making it easier for people to walk and cycle, better public transport and better connections across the M8.
  • A vibrant district where local business, arts and culture can all thrive as the basis for more activity and jobs.

 four themes graphic

Linked to those four themes is a Public Space Plan showing what improvements should happen where.

Gehl Architects’ Riccardo Marini was keen to stress the importance that the Council cannot do all these things itself. “This is all about co-creation.  Businesses, residents, colleges, venues: everyone has a part to play, everyone can contribute something. Let us know – how could you be involved?”

Suggestions from local people included:

  • “As a business I will keep my shopfront clean and litter free”
  • “Join in more discussion between business and the community”
  • “I’ll get involved in Garnethill community gardens”
  • “I want to get involved in the viewpoint park”
  • “I’ll clean my windows”

You can see the presentation slides / display posters in full below. The slides are a summary of the Regeneration Framework report, which will contain more detail and be published for formal public consultation in late November before the hard work of implementation takes place over the next decade. Before then, Gehl Architects will finalise the report based on comments from the public.

The following presentation should be viewed full-screen if possible – we appreciate that there are some issues with clarity of text and we are trying to resolve these. Press the double arrow box next to the Linkedin logo bottom right.

Alternatively you can download this PDF [10.1MB] which has the same content. You can view it in your browser or for more control use your PDF viewer.

We’d love to hear from you.  Are there any things in the slideshow that you particularly like?  Is anything missing?

Here are a few comments from the workshop to get you thinking:

  • “Love the vision! Please plant trees (with roots aren’t invasive) on all of Bath St & Sauchiehall St. Could taxi rank outside Kings Theatre move away from residential flats as the noise at 3am etc is deafening? Keep going, keep involving, keep talking AND ACTION darlings!”
  • “Better access and signs to Cowcaddens Subway”
  • “Some kind of pick up / drop off system for the schools. Could this be done via a multi-story car park so save clogging up the streets? You can only ask!”

If you’ve got thoughts in response to the presentation, please let us know by 11 September using Twitter, Facebook or sauchiehall.net. Thanks!