This District was Glasgow’s first quay and home to commercial paddle steamers. This part of the city is characterised by long north-south blocks, with narrow streets connecting Argyle Street with the waterfront. The waterfront, in turn, connects with the south bank via the King George Bridge and the new pedestrian Tradeston Bridge (The Squiggly Bridge).
Broomielaw has benefited from significant investment and it has evolved to be part of the IFSD (International Financial Services District). Major public realm improvement works at the water’s edge have significantly improved the waterfront in this area, creating a high-quality public realm which pedestrians and cyclists can enjoy.
The slowdown in office development caused by the world’s economic crisis provided an opportunity to appraise the success of work already carried out and identify a strategy to create a thriving and sustainable mixed use Business District. The opportunities identified include providing more amenity (food, retail, hotels, events, etc.) to those that work and visit during the day as well as looking at the profile of the area’s night-time environment. To help support this the importance of residential development has also been identified.
In addition to the District Regeneration Framework and Masterplan, the Avenues project will also have a positive effect on Broomielaw. The Avenues identified are the Waterfront and Argyle Street. This would be in addition to other development opportunities which exist on both the North and South Banks of the river and the potential expansion of IFSD.