GLASGOW DOORS OPEN DAY – MURAL TRAIL

GLASGOW DOORS OPEN DAY – MURAL TRAIL

This weekend, the City Centre Regeneration team took part in its 4th year of the Doors Open Day festival.

Glasgow Doors Open Day is an annual event celebrating the city’s architecture, culture and heritage with the city centre team taking residents and visitors of Glasgow on a guided tour of the city centre murals – including everything from The Hip Hop Marionettes on George Street to The Glasgow Tiger on the riverfront.
Doors Open Day 2018
With every slot fully booked, we were able to show participants the diverse and creative range of street art that is helping to rejuvenate streets and revitalise building and vacant sites providing expert knowledge on how the Mural Trail originated and details on the artists and organisations involved in its development.
Doors Open Day 2018
People of all ages and from all over the world took part in the guided tours – proving just how popular these pieces of art have become.
For more information on the murals and our latest additions please visit the City Centre Mural Trail website.
Doors Open Day 2018

THE CITY CENTRE AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

THE CITY CENTRE AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The St Enoch Centre has found a new and innovative way of reusing their waste and saving money in the process.

Following a Circle Assessment and Workshop with Circular Glasgow, the shopping centre has devised a creative plan to ensure staff begin to think differently about waste – now every cup of coffee sold will be giving plants throughout the mall a new lease of life. Coffee grounds are now being collected from retailers by landscape specialists who will use the grounds to enrich the compost in the plant pots.

Circular Glasgow, hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland works with companies across the city helping them to open up new revenue streams, increase competitive advantage and realise financial savings using a range of practical tools. A circular economy is one which aims to keep resources in use for as long as possible while extracting the maximum value for them while in use – essentially “zero waste”.

This new move aligns with Glasgow’s Commercial Waste Project aim to ensure there are less large, bulky trade waste containers on our streets and lanes. By encouraging businesses to assess their waste and recognise its value there is a variety of benefits for both their business and the environment.

(Y)OUR ST ENOCH: UPDATE

(Y)OUR ST ENOCH: UPDATE

The St Enoch report is almost ready for internal consultation. Once all the relevant Council departments have had the opportunity to feedback on the draft Regeneration Framework we will take this forward and look to get approval to formally consult with the public. During the process of developing the Framework over 3,500 ideas and pieces of feedback were received. We are hopeful that we have been able to translate these into a meaningful plan.

In the meantime there other city centre initiatives which can help to activate parts of the District and one of these is the Lane Activation Fund. More details are available here.

The consultation process is digital and we will let you know when it will start so please keep a look out for it.

NEW ADDITION TO THE CITY CENTRE MURAL TRAIL

NEW ADDITION TO THE CITY CENTRE MURAL TRAIL

This week has seen the unveiling of the latest striking addition to the city centre mural trail. Artist Smug’s latest work can be found at the corner of George Street and High Street and depicts a mother and child already widely thought to be St Enoch and a young St Mungo – a companion to the much loved St Mungo mural on High Street.

Smug’s other work can be found throughout the city centre on Ingram Street, Mitchell Street and Argyle Street.

Glasgow’s mural trail continues to garner international interest even recently featuring on German news channel ADR TV during the European Championships – encouraging visitors (and residents) of Glasgow to come and explore the city and its eye-catching artwork.

The annual Doors Open Day festival will also offer another chance to tour the fantastic city centre mural trail with four guided tours being offered over the weekend of 15 & 16 September. For more information and booking please visit: http://www.glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk/

(Y)OUR BROOMIELAW: UPDATE

(Y)OUR BROOMIELAW: UPDATE

Broomielaw has such an important part to play in the regeneration of the city centre. Work has progressed steadily on the District Regeneration Framework and we are close to seeking approval to formally consult with the public on the content of the report and its action plan.

Once we have done this and incorporated the feedback into the report we will look for final approval and then start delivering. We have funding in place for some of the big capital items and assuming that the ideas are well received we have already been talking to partners about how we might take some of the ideas and projects forward.

The consultation process is digital and we will let you know when it will start so please keep a look out for it.

The fact that the Broomielaw Community Council has recently been established is fantastic. We have already met with them to present a flavour of the work done so far.

INVEST GLASGOW – CITY PROSPECTUS

INVEST GLASGOW – CITY PROSPECTUS

Invest Glasgow is Glasgow City Council’s inward investment team. Invest Glasgow offers comprehensive business support and guidance, providing one point of contact to all businesses, property investors and developers seeking to invest in the city. The team is dedicated to encouraging and assisting investment and promoting the city as one of the most business-friendly locations in the UK and Europe.

The City Prospectus provides an introduction to Glasgow’s investment potential. Packed with information this document outlines Glasgow’s position as the powerhouse of the Scottish economy and reasons why Glasgow is a prime investment location.

You can download the latest City Prospectus here.[3MB PDF – opens in new tab]

For more information please visit www.investglasgow.com or email your enquiry to [email protected]

(Y)OUR SAUCHIEHALL: UPDATE

(Y)OUR SAUCHIEHALL: UPDATE

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.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND MERCHANT CITY FESTIVAL

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND MERCHANT CITY FESTIVAL

Not long to go now before the start of Festival 2018 and the Merchant City Festival. This is a programme of cultural events which are supporting the European Championships.

If you follow this link it will take you to the festival programme in which you can see all the events that will happen in the City Centre and beyond, creating a sense of carnival in the city. It is really important that the ‘City’ hosts the event. The City Centre is a fantastic backdrop, from food and retail to hidden treasures like Mackintosh’s Daily Record building in Renfield Lane, from the newly refurbished Mackintosh at the Willow to The Lighthouse in Mitchell Lane or GOMA in Royal Exchange Square.

The programme is based around George Square, the Merchant City, Tontine Lane, Glasgow Green, but crucially extends across the whole city and it all starts on the 1 August 2018.

STALLED SPACES – AUTUMN 2018-19

STALLED SPACES – AUTUMN 2018-19

Applications are now invited for Glasgow City Council’s Stalled Space Programme 2018-19. Community groups or local organisations across Glasgow are encouraged to apply for innovative projects aimed at improving and activating stalled sites or underused open spaces in the city. We are looking for projects that are socially engaged that can breathe life into these stalled spaces and create a positive impact on the area.

Closing date for applications is Monday 27 August 2018 by 5 pm.

Funding is available from a minimum £1,000 to a maximum £4,500.

More information, application forms and guidance are available on our web page at:
https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/stalledspaces
For queries, email:
[email protected] or call: 0141 287 8443

LANE ACTIVATION FUND – THE REASON WHY

LANE ACTIVATION FUND – THE REASON WHY

Glasgow City Council recently approved the City Centre Lane Strategy and as part of this has just launched the Pilot City Centre Lane Activation Fund.

Any city experience it is defined by the gap between the best and the more challenging bits. In fact, this applies to almost anything, customer service is only remembered if it is really good or short of expectations. The challenge for any city is to continue to find the resources to deliver flagship buildings and experiences while trying to find ways to help people think differently about City Centre spaces and about the connections between spaces. This applies to what they could be used for and how they could look. In that sense, it is about encouraging people to think of them and use them as part of the heritage and culture of Glasgow City Centre. Lanes are a great example of this. Glasgow has lanes which are attractions in their own right and give both the people of Glasgow and visitors the sense of something discovered, something reclaimed.

While the City Centre Lane strategy has identified seven target lanes on which the Council will work to encourage owners and other stakeholders it is also seen as really important to have a fund that people could apply to so they can help focus on their own ideas and priorities. The scale of the funding available means that the fund is not intended to ‘fix’ lanes. Rather, it is intended to get people to use them by supporting different types of events and projects. We have lanes that are sited in the heart of the City Centre which could bring daytime audiences to the centre or create quiet spaces. We have residential lanes which could be real assets for their communities.

Each lane has three principal stakeholders: the owners, the occupiers (be that businesses or communities) and artists or those from the creative industries. While full guidance is available at https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/laneactivation a minimum of two of the three groups need to come together to apply. The level of funding (maximum award is £5k) means that the fund will not provide all the answers, nor is it really intended to. What it will do is make a start and in conjunction with the other parts of the City Centre Lane Strategy, the objective is to persuade everyone that lanes are an asset for businesses, communities, artists and the owners. The return on investment for each of these groups will be quite different, but if the Fund and the Strategy are going to succeed they need to make this return obvious, especially commercially. The idea of return is important as the vast majority of lanes in the City Centre are privately owned.

As always it is the energy and inventiveness of people which will come up with the ideas needed to help develop this idea of place and close the gap between the best and the challenging.