On Tuesday 3rd October, around 200 delegates attended the Best Bar None Glasgow’s Raise the Bar event at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Best Bar None Glasgow was developed in partnership with Glasgow City Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, Glasgow City Council, Community Safety Glasgow, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue and the Scottish Late Night Operators Association. Glasgow’s Best Bar None organises regular training seminars in conjunction with the Tennent’s Academy for venues on topics such as stewarding, crime scene preservation, drug prevention, responsible drinking and recognising/protecting vulnerable people.
Best Bar None Glasgow
Following a welcome by Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, delegates were also addressed by Annabelle Ewing, the Scottish Government Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs and Mandy Haeburn-Little, CEO of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre.

The first industry-only Licensing Conference also offered a host of licensed premises across Glasgow, an opportunity to engage with the experts in a question and answer session. The panel included BII Scotland, the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, Glasgow City Council’s licensing department and included specialist licensing solicitors.

Glasgow has a thriving night-time economy and the development of the Best Bar None awards scheme allows venues to demonstrate that they operate to the high standards both themselves and the residents of Glasgow have come to expect. Further detail about the scheme can be found online at:



As part of our Autism Friendly Glasgow city centre, we would like to develop a greater knowledge and understanding of autism amongst Glaswegians and city centre businesses/organisations in the hope that this initiative will highlight the additional layer of support available for autistic people and their families.

To assist with this we will be designing a logo to promote the project and essentially become the ‘go to’ sign to highlight Autism Aware venues in the city centre.  You’ll be able to see this logo out and about in the city centre on the windows of participating businesses.

To design the logo, and to encourage the lesson of inclusion, we are asking Glasgow schools; including early years, primary, secondary and ASL units to submit bright and colourful entries that will become instantly recognisable to city centre visitors. The winner will then spend time at GCC Graphics Department and see their concept come to life.

The winning entry will be unveiled as part of a series of events during Autism Awareness Month in April.

Entries will be judged by officers from the City Government, GCC Graphics, Autism Network Scotland and the Autism Resource Centre, representatives from the business community, representatives from the autistic community and GCC City Centre team.

Partner Contributions:

Autism Network Scotland
Autism Resource Centre



Case Study 1: Cath Kidston, Retail store, West Nile Street
The Cath Kidston Glasgow branch is a well-known shop situated on West Nile Street in the city centre which was blighted by dozens of bins, belonging to surrounding businesses, left in front of their shop window 24 hours a day. Since the new commercial waste project there has been a dramatic improvement in the appearance and cleanliness of the street outside their business.

Megan Maguire, sales assistant in Cath Kidston, was regularly dismayed by the appearance of the street having spent a lot of time and effort in the presentation of their front window display, “Before this project, the street was an absolute mess. There were tonnes of overflowing bins, bins that didn’t belong to our business and they stunk. You couldn’t have a customer walk past and stop and have a look in our window as you could barely get past the mess.

Megan is delighted with the results, “The clear up has been fantastic. You can walk down the street now with no smell, no blocked drains anymore and it’s just so much more pleasant when walking past the store

Case Study 2: Merchant City and Trongate Community Council:
The Merchant City and Trongate Community Council is a residents’ forum whose role is to seek and represent the opinions of local people and businesses and to express the wider views of the entire neighbourhood on issues affecting their environment.

Both Garth Street and John Street, in particular, had become a bugbear for residents who were coming home at night to overflowing bins, vermin and litter derived from commercial waste. Merchant City has benefited from a range of public realm work over recent years so the proliferation of big bulky trade waste bins was unwelcome.

Tam Coyle, chair of the community council, is already impressed with the change, “I’m delighted the council has put this initiative in place and it’s back to the way it should be. When we do have the café culture in Glasgow, all these bars and restaurants will benefit, the local residents will benefit and tourists will benefit.”

“Certainly, a few people have mentioned the results already to the community council as they known we’ve been liaising with the council on the issue. I’m absolutely delighted that it’s giving people their streets back.”

Case Study 3: Apex Hotel, Bath Street
The award-winning Apex Hotel had been using Sauchiehall Lane to permanently store their commercial waste containers. Since the start of the new trade waste policy, the Apex Hotel has put in place a variety of measures to not only ensure compliance but see them become a champion in effective trade waste management.

Lindsay Sturrock, General Manager felt the project could be challenging initially. He said, “When we were initially told about the changes, there was definitely going to be benefits to us in that the lane was going to be clear and we were going to see a big improvement in the hygiene. From our point of view, it was quite a lot of work as we had nowhere to put the bins and no space inside the building so we had to be a bit creative in thinking where we could put the bins.”

The Apex also attended one of our waste minimisation workshops, carried out by Zero Waste Scotland, in an effort to look at their waste at source and identify any possible reductions and ultimately savings, “In a lot of places they’re used to just opening up the bin and throwing the waste in so we all had to get used to what goes in the correct bins and that it’s effectively flattened. As we’ve only got limited space, it was a re-training exercise.”

The Apex has since created an internal storage enclosure for storage of commercial waste and already managed to reduce their bin numbers by 2.

Sometimes it’s worth looking at the bigger picture. Certainly, from our point of view, there are no bins on the lane, it’s nice and tidy and there’s no vermin. It’s made a big difference to us.

Case Study 4: Malones, Bar/Restaurant, Sauchiehall Lane

Malones Bar has its main entrance situated on Sauchiehall Lane so large, unsightly bins dumped in city centre lanes were a hindrance to the appearance of their business. There were around 15 large, commercial bins left near Malones front door, spoiling the look and feel of the area.
Our front entrance is Sauchiehall Lane.” says Fergal McMahon, assistant manager of Malones, “So it has always been a priority for us to have the lane as clear as possible.

By working closely with their waste contractor the bar was able to adapt well to the new changes by storing their bins inside and having them collected from within the premises, “A lot of work was involved in planning where we were going to put our bins. We had to speak to our waste contractor and it meant more regular uplifts and staff being shown exactly what was going to be happening.” By doing this, Malones now have a much more flexible approach to their waste management, having them collected out with the presentation windows.

And a cleaner, clearer lane has made an impact already on business, “Immediately you could see people looking down the lane and seeing it was pristine. We’ve noticed already our lunch trade has had a massive increase and every day has been busier than previously.

Case Study 5: Guide Dogs Scotland

Having a clear pathway is crucial for many pedestrians who are blind or partially sighted and who wish to navigate along streets independently. Street clutter, such as bins, can also prevent people with mobility impairments such as wheelchairs and other vulnerable pedestrians from using the pavements with confidence.

Emma Brown of Guide Dogs Scotland welcomes the changes and believes bins along our pavements can cause obstructions which can hamper a person’s progress along a street, “We have loads of guide dog owners that would visit Glasgow from people that live and work here or just visiting. Street clutter is a big problem for someone with sight loss and these bins can block the pavement, especially in a busy city centre with lots of people.”

Knocking into items of street clutter is not only painful but can be a shock to a person who is blind or partially sighted, and could affect that person’s confidence to use these streets and local amenities, “Getting the bins off the streets of Glasgow is a really positive move, it gives people a lot more confidence to walk down the street and less chance of having to go on the road to avoid a bin.”

Read more about the City Centre Commercial Waste Pilot Project here.



Glasgow has recently installed CityTrees on Royal Exchange Square and Killermont Street. Glasgow is the first UK city to have CityTrees installed in key city centre locations. Their arrival is a major boost for the city.

Created by Berlin-based Green City Solutions, the CityTrees contain a plant mixture of mosses and vascular plants which provide environmental benefits and introduce additional “greening” to the city centre by removing dust and nitrogen dioxide from the air.

The CityTrees include information panels which provide technical details about the installations and advice on air quality, health, and sustainable travel. The installations are largely self-maintaining, with solar panels providing power for irrigation and sensors which monitor the plants and the surrounding environment. Rainwater is also gathered and recycled through the irrigation system.

In addition to providing stability, the benches on both sides of the CityTree provide convenient spots to watch the world go by.

Watch a time-lapse video of the Killermont Street City Tree installation at

Glasgow supported the UK’s first National Clean Air day on 15 June 2017 to encourage people to take simple steps to improve their health and reduce air pollution.

Partner Contribution: GCC’s Sustainable Glasgow



The award winning 1 City Centre Mural Trail, funded by the City Centre Mural Fund, has continued to grow and attract attention and interest. The much-loved art project has been enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, with enquiries being received from as far as New Zealand, USA and the Middle East and Smug’s recent St Mungo mural receiving well over a million hits on social media in its first few days after unveiling. Hundreds of travel blogs are promoting the mural trail and hugely supportive articles have also assisted in this, including Conde Nast and the New York Times, amongst others.
Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail

The project gained national attention recently with the addition of three new murals celebrating one of Glasgow’s greatest loved comedians, Billy Connolly, on his 75th birthday. The 3 pieces of artwork were created by contemporary Scottish artists John Byrne, Rachel McLean and Jack Vettriano and left their unique mark across the city centre as murals, as shown on BBC Scotland programme Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime. You can find these new murals at Osborne Street (John Byrne) and Dixon Street (Jack Vettriano) and Rachel McLean’s vinyl replica in the Gallowgate.

We are pleased to note that many spin-off benefits of the murals are happening including the development of small businesses who offer walking tours and guidance on the murals and surrounding attractions.
Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail
For people wishing to complete a guided tour of the Mural Trail, Photo Walk Scotland has their Glasgow Street-Art Tour, giving their participants photographic tuition along the way. The tour has 5* accreditation from Visit Scotland and received a Certificate of Excellence 2017 from Trip Advisor.

For further information on guided walking tours of the mural trail:

A new Mural Trail smart phone app and website have also been developed.

Mural trail booklets can be picked up from a variety of venues including:

  • Gallery of Modern Art
  • Riverside Museum
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery

The Glasgow Building Preservation Trust has invited the Mural Trail to be part of the Doors Open Day since 2015. We will be taking part again with a guided walking tour on 16/17th September 2017.

Art Pistol

  1. the City Centre mural trail and mural fund project won the Enterprise Award at the 30th annual Arts & Business Scotland Awards in March 2017


The City Centre Regeneration team in partnership with colleagues in Land & Environmental Services has undertaken a number of improvements to the look and feel of Buchanan Street Precinct. New traditional style benches have been installed, which have proven to be very popular, with the black marble benches removed for use elsewhere. (The benches will also be easily removed for large scale events if required and can be reinstalled at little cost.)

The next phase of the seating project will see a similar style being installed on Argyle St with seven pods being created along the central area of the pedestrian precinct which will form a more pleasant experience for shoppers. It is expected that these works will be complete over the summer months (Please see indicative drawing for information). The seating will also be removed/re-installed for any large scale events programme for the precinct.
teapot and note planters, glasgow
Colleagues in Land Environmental Services have also brightened up their excellent, colourful planters with the installation of eight wicker sculptures depicting various elements of the City centre offer including: fashion, music and dining.

The sculptures have a life expectancy of approx. 5 years and due to the popularity of the works, further expansion will be considered.



Over the last few weeks, a team from Art Organisation WAVEparticle have been out and about on High Street and Saltmarket chatting with retailers and residents.

The event planned for Saturday 22 July will celebrate the ancient heritage of High Street and Saltmarket, and the living heritage of retailers and residents, some of whom have been on the street for 40+ years. At the same time, we want to look to possible futures for the area.

From 11:00 am on 22 July we will fly one hundred and one flags and standards, reflecting both the rich history and the current life of the oldest line in the city, in parallel to the Merchant City Festival Carnival procession. So thanks to many of you who have already committed to being involved!

We are holding three drop-in sessions where you can come along, meet the team, ask any questions you might have about the event and get involved! These will take place in McChuills Bar, 40 High Street on the following dates:

Thursday 6th July 5.30-7.30
Thursday 13th July 5.30-7.30
Thursday 20th July 5.30-7.30

Everyone is very welcome.



Following on from the successful waste minimisation workshops held on the 15 June at The Lighthouse, Glasgow City Council will be hosting a further two workshops, in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) Programme. The workshops will assist businesses in meeting the new requirements of Glasgow City Council’s City Centre Commercial Waste Project and could help make some savings on trade waste.

A range of attending city centre businesses attended the previous workshops – from retail to hospitality – with staff from the RES programme on hand after the workshop who were able to discuss individual requests for support from some of the attendees.

Feedback from the workshop was very positive and all attendees were able to sign up for a waste reduction pack and other useful materials. Presentations from Zero Waste Scotland explained the range of help available, from one-to-one support, to staff engagement toolkits, to access to loans and grant finance.

The next workshop* will be held on the 27 June 2017 at the Mackintosh Unit in St Enoch Centre (1st floor next to Debenhams). You can register to attend on the link below.

*Priority for these workshops will be given to Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME’s), private sector landlords, not-for-profit organisations and charities.



Have you an image of High Street or Saltmarket to share? If so we’d love to hear from you!

A team from art organisation WAVEparticle will be out and about on High Street and Saltmarket over the course of these next few weeks in June.

With the aid of a large-scale map of the area, they’ll be chatting to local retailers, residents and passers-by, to gather images and stories about the area. These stories can be of a small, local or personal scale, or big history – it’s all of interest.

The stories and images gathered will be used in a unique event, taking place on Saturday 22nd July during the Merchant City Festival, that will focus attention on the line that runs through Glasgow from High Street to the Saltmarket – the oldest line in the city.

The plan is to create a series of handheld banners to be displayed along the route, half of which will celebrate the history and heritage of the street that is currently invisible, and half that will carry an emblem or symbol drawn from the lived life and stories of the current retailers, businesses and residents that live and work along the route. It’s about drawing inspiration from the past, acknowledging and celebrating the present, and framing what’s possible in the future.

This project is supported by Glasgow City Council and the Carnegie UK Trust.

To send contributions or for more information please contact:
Email: [email protected]
Image credit: WAVEparticle

Twitter: #HSSMPPP



This lecture is available on Youtube at

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 (
Glasgow City Free Church (
MVRDV & Winy Maas (
(Y)our City Centre consultant team (
Austin-Smith:Lord colleagues (

Filming & Edit
Michael Rae (