Yesterday saw Gehl Architects, commissioned by Glasgow City Council, unveil the draft Regeneration Framework for the Sauchiehall and Garnethill area of the city centre.

Thanks to each of the 125+ people who came to the CCA along to hear and discuss the four themes were put forward to guide future change:

  • A living district with a number of strategies to make the area, particularly Garnethill, a better place to live.
  • Local distinctiveness – greener and better maintained streets and spaces, making more of local assets like cultural institutions and venues, and celebrating cultural diversity.
  • Connected and mobile – making it easier for people to walk and cycle, better public transport and better connections across the M8.
  • A vibrant district where local business, arts and culture can all thrive as the basis for more activity and jobs.

 four themes graphic

Linked to those four themes is a Public Space Plan showing what improvements should happen where.

Gehl Architects’ Riccardo Marini was keen to stress the importance that the Council cannot do all these things itself. “This is all about co-creation.  Businesses, residents, colleges, venues: everyone has a part to play, everyone can contribute something. Let us know – how could you be involved?”

Suggestions from local people included:

  • “As a business I will keep my shopfront clean and litter free”
  • “Join in more discussion between business and the community”
  • “I’ll get involved in Garnethill community gardens”
  • “I want to get involved in the viewpoint park”
  • “I’ll clean my windows”

You can see the presentation slides / display posters in full below. The slides are a summary of the Regeneration Framework report, which will contain more detail and be published for formal public consultation in late November before the hard work of implementation takes place over the next decade. Before then, Gehl Architects will finalise the report based on comments from the public.

The following presentation should be viewed full-screen if possible – we appreciate that there are some issues with clarity of text and we are trying to resolve these. Press the double arrow box next to the Linkedin logo bottom right.

Alternatively you can download this PDF [10.1MB] which has the same content. You can view it in your browser or for more control use your PDF viewer.

We’d love to hear from you.  Are there any things in the slideshow that you particularly like?  Is anything missing?

Here are a few comments from the workshop to get you thinking:

  • “Love the vision! Please plant trees (with roots aren’t invasive) on all of Bath St & Sauchiehall St. Could taxi rank outside Kings Theatre move away from residential flats as the noise at 3am etc is deafening? Keep going, keep involving, keep talking AND ACTION darlings!”
  • “Better access and signs to Cowcaddens Subway”
  • “Some kind of pick up / drop off system for the schools. Could this be done via a multi-story car park so save clogging up the streets? You can only ask!”

If you’ve got thoughts in response to the presentation, please let us know by 11 September using Twitter, Facebook or sauchiehall.net. Thanks!