(Y)our Sauchiehall

The District Regeneration Framework was approved by the Council in April 2016 and work is underway to complete the implementation planning. Find out the latest news about Sauchiehall here.

The Framework documents can be downloaded from the links below:

Full Sauchiehall and Garnethill Regeneration Framework April 2016 Full Document [6MB PDF]

Sauchiehall and Garnethill Regeneration Framework April 2016 Summary Document [4MB PDF]

In addition to the key projects identified in the Framework, the District will also benefit from the Avenues project which is part of City Deal. This means that Sauchiehall Street to Charing Cross as well as Renfrew Street to Killermont Street will be redeveloped.

The proposals have been developed to maximise the benefit of the Districts existing assets such as:-

The arts and cultural institutions, including The Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Theatre Royal Glasgow, The Glasgow Film Theatre and the Centre for Contemporary Arts, The 0² ABC, the Pavilion Theatre, Cineworld and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The west side of Sauchiehall Street has capitalised on its multifunctional night time economy and has evolved into a social entertainment destination.

The west side of Sauchiehall Street also acts as a pivotal connector to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Mitchell Library.

The developments will improve the connectivity of this District with the rest of the City Centre and the City generally which will benefit residents as well as visitors and businesses.

The high number of entertainment and art venues and how close together they create unique opportunities to improve the pedestrian experience. This will ensure the District makes the most of all these things, particularly at night. Reducing the amount of the roadway given over to the car will reduce the impact that constant vehicle movement can have.

Sauchiehall District

Map of Sauchiehall District (click to enlarge)



(Y)our Blythswood

The Blythswood District Regeneration Framework (DRF) was approved by Glasgow City Council, and we are now focusing on the implementation of the action plan.
The documents are available here Full Version  Summary Version

Blythswood marks the western edge of the city’s central business district. The deep cut of the M8 creates a divide between the city centre and its adjacent west-end neighbourhood.

The District has a large element of business and commercial use. There is little in terms of pedestrian realm and the modern buildings tend to be high rise with little or no ground floor activation – again nothing which makes the pavement a place for people.

The M8 dominates this area, as a major approach to the city centre. It presents a major challenge to people trying to approach the city from the west on foot. The gap sites and the St Vincent Street overpass, which can be reconfigured to create a strong pedestrian and cycle link directly to the city centre, are great opportunities to re-connect the city.

The following Avenues project for this District will significantly improve the look and feel of this public space.

  • St Vincent Street

A project to complement the Avenues by significantly improving the pedestrian and cycling experience as well as wayfinding.

  • North Street – Motorway

Find out the latest news about Blythswood here.

Map of Blythswood District (click to enlarge)


(Y)our Central

The Central District Regeneration Framework (DRF) was approved by Glasgow City Council, and we are now focusing on the implementation of the action plan.
The documents are available here
 Full Version Summary Version

The Central District is the fourth of nine developed as part of the City Centre Strategy. As its name suggests, the area defined as the Central District Regeneration Framework (CDRF) is at the heart of the city and the wider city region. Indeed, this area captures the essence of central Glasgow. The strongly defined urban street grid, the two major terminus rail stations, the riverfront, the principal streets including Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street and civic squares such as George Square are all synonymous with Glasgow. In most people’s mental map of Glasgow, the area between and around Glasgow Central and Queen Street Stations is the city centre.

The area covered in the Central District Regeneration Framework can be considered as the most ‘complete’ and intensive piece of the city centre, with the planned grid sweeping up Blythswood Hill still characterising this area. As Glasgow flourished following the Enlightenment and throughout the Industrial age the city centre expanded westward rapidly, leaving a rich urban architectural heritage in the contemporary cityscape. George Square is the natural civic gathering space in the city. Royal Exchange Sq., Nelson Mandela Sq. and Blythswood Sq. provide further evidence of Glasgow’s historic grandeur. The “Golden Z” or “Style Mile” of Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street, and Argyle Street has long been the spine for Glasgow’s retail and commercial core.

This District Regeneration Framework outlines a vision, projects and an action plan to refocus the Central District of Glasgow over the next ten years. It overlaps with adjacent DRFs, notably Broomielaw, St. Enoch, Blythswood and Sauchiehall & Garnethill and is intended to align with these DRFs and set out a framework for adapting Glasgow to the changing demands of contemporary city life as it faces local and international challenges.

In short, Glasgow is a city of perpetual change and its various transitions from a religious centre to a seat of learning to a city of merchants to the hyper-intense Industrial Glasgow and through to the present day has left a significant legacy, not least in this part of the city centre.

Preparing this Framework has been a collaborative effort involving many people with a stake and interest in the Central District and the wider city centre. Public Sector resource constraints will make partnership between the Public and Private sectors essential. Despite this, CDRF outlines a vision, objectives and proposals to redefine the Central district in the next ten years and beyond.

In summary, the many opportunities to regenerate Central are positioned around five main themes.

  • (Y)our Updated Mobility
  • (Y)our Great Streets and Spaces
  • (Y)our Great Buildings
  • (Y)our Vibrant Central
  • Transforming (Y)our Central

Within these themes are large, medium and small projects. The next stage is to assess feasibility and deliver change over the ten-year life of the project.

This city’s motto is “Let Glasgow Flourish”. If Glasgow is to flourish in the 21st Century the city centre will have to be at the vanguard of wider regeneration, with Central District at the fulcrum; right at the heart of (Y)our Future City Centre.

(Y)our Central
Map of Central District (click to enlarge)


(Y)our Broomielaw

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.

(Y)our Broomielaw

Map of Broomielaw District (click to enlarge)

St Enoch

St Enoch

(Y)our St Enoch

The St Enoch District Regeneration Framework (DRF) was approved by the City Administration Committee on the 28 November and work will now begin on delivering the actions outlined in the full and summary versions of the documents. These can be found here, full version and the summary versions.

This District has a mixture of land uses including retail, entertainment, business and residential. The District also runs alongside the River Clyde and has significant transport hubs, St Enoch’s Subway and Argyle Street train station. One of the most dominant buildings is the St Enoch Shopping Centre, but this does not take away from historic richness found in many buildings in and around the High Street, Trongate and the Saltmarket. It is also an area in which there is a significant cluster of Creative Industries places/spaces like Trongate 103, South Block, The Birggait and a number of private galleries.

St Enoch is also home to a meantime use trail, which is when properties that have lain vacant for a while are made to occupants to improve footfall in an area. While there are 11 of these properties in total a number of them can be found on St Andrew Street.

There is an opportunity to promote this mixture of function and use by improving public realm, especially in terms of gateway spaces and connections between spaces. The waterfront experience should make the most of all the things that are happening in the District while promoting itself as a place to visit, live and work.

The following Avenues projects for this District will significantly improve the look and feel of these public spaces, as well as looking changing priorities away from the car to the pedestrian, cyclist and public transport. These works are currently expected to be completed by 2027.

  • Clyde Street
  • Glassford Street – Stockwell Street
  • Argyle Street

The main themes that DRF looks to address are:-

(Y)our great streets and spaces
(Y)our updated mobility
(Y)our great buildings
Transforming (Y)our St Enoch
(Y)our vibrant St Enoch
(Y)our river park.

St Enoch
Map of St Enoch District (click to enlarge)