The Merchant City has been subject to a long-term regeneration strategy which has had an extremely positive impact on the area, and the city as a whole. Mixed uses, retail, galleries, bars and restaurants provide activity and a sustainable economic future, making the most of the existing built heritage.
The High Street is predominantly made up of small business and retail units with storage/residential above, and large new developments of flatted housing and student residences. The urban fabric is more fragmented however, and there lacks a cohesiveness to the public realm. There is a train station at High Street which serves local trains on the North Clyde Line.
This area will be subject to more transformation with the development of the University of Strathclyde. Under its redevelopment proposals the new campus will see George Street as its front door and business face along with City Science. While undergoing this transformation, it will be important to maintain people-focused design at the heart of proposals for new and transformed streets and spaces. There is immense potential inherent in a thriving student population for this to be realised.
The following suggested Avenues projects for this District would significantly improve the Streets’ overall performance as public spaces:
• George Street
• High Street to Saltmarket
• Ingram Street
The following suggested catalyst project for this area would complement the Avenues by significantly improving the pedestrian and cycling experience and wayfinding:
• High Street – Saltmarket
• George Street