THE AVENUES CONCEPT
As part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal funding, Glasgow City Council is investing approximately £115 million within the city centre to deliver on the Enabling Infrastructure – Integrated Public Realm (EIIPR) programme. More commonly known as the Avenues programme, this will introduce streetscape improvements to the public realm, thereby supporting a key strategic objective of the City Centre Strategy and Action Plan 2014-19; the establishment of principal Avenues throughout the city centre to form an integrated network of continuous pedestrian and cycle priority routes. The Avenues will be used as a binding mechanism to integrate public realm and placemaking initiatives, making the city more attractive, “people-friendly”, and economically competitive.
Pilot improvements will initially be undertaken on Sauchiehall Street between Charing Cross and Rose Street and will act as a proof of concept or demonstrator for the overall plan. These improvements will include:
- Free Wi-Fi and intelligent street lighting
- Improved lighting features
- Avenue of trees
- Segregated cycle lanes
- Increased pedestrian / cycle space
- Continuous footways
- Reduced street clutter
Civil and structural engineers, Civic Engineers have been appointed to lead the multidisciplinary team who will take the project concept design and public consultation through to developed design stage.
Works commenced on Sauchiehall Street in January 2018 and are anticipated to last approximately 18 months. Further Avenue locations will be progressed in phases over the next 8 years.
UPDATE: On Sauchiehall Street, between Charing Cross and Rose Street/Blythswood Street the new Avenue will deliver immediate improvements to the general physical environment, introduce pedestrian and cycle infrastructure, green infrastructure, extended pedestrian space, reduced motor vehicle space, and respond directly to a wide range of strategic objectives. Further updates will be uploaded as and when available. The phasing is shown in the plan to the right and this is also downloadable as a PDF. [513kB]