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Sauchiehall Street pivots away from retail as a culture & heritage district

April 11 2024

Sauchiehall Street pivots away from retail as a culture & heritage district

Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street has been designated as a culture and heritage district to support the arts-led regeneration of the famous thoroughfare.

The Glasgow Life initiative will de-emphasise retail in favour of culture and heritage by engaging local stakeholders such as the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, the Glasgow Film Theatre and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Grant funding of £350k from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NHLF) will finance a project team to carry out this work.

Caroline Clark, NHLF director for Scotland, said: “This funding from our Heritage Places programme is an important first step in our long-term commitment to support heritage-driven regeneration, working closely with stakeholders, including the local community and businesses, to revitalise the area."

The consultation phase will run until October 2025 to increase footfall and guide infrastructure improvements. 


#1 Posted by John on 11 Apr 2024 at 10:14 AM
At last, retail in its former form isnt coming back. The old BHS store could be flattened and a theatre built in its place
Fat Bloke on Tour
#2 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 11 Apr 2024 at 10:39 AM
£350K for a project team to engage with local stakeholders.

A lot of money for a few middle class worthies to pick up the phone.

Beyond parody -- and all the while a street rots and an architectural gem dies a slow death.

The problem is that this is now seen as the wat Nat Scotland / Holyrood does things -- glacial progress and farcical management.
#3 Posted by EM0 on 11 Apr 2024 at 10:43 AM
Oh no …. Due consultation 985,000 …. Just commit to some action fast please!!
The Foundation
#4 Posted by The Foundation on 11 Apr 2024 at 13:37 PM
#2 you don't half moan a lot.

This is a positive step in the right direction. All city councils should take heed...
#5 Posted by Georwell84 on 11 Apr 2024 at 16:43 PM

There was a time when the east Sauchiehall Street could hold its own with Buchanan Street.
Those days ended in the Sixties.
The stores that remained over the decades occupied uninspired 70s rubbish including the current Sauchiehall Street centre - none of it will be missed.
Why not try this idea there are still plenty of bars and cafes in the west of the street - it might just work.
Complete Shower
#6 Posted by Complete Shower on 11 Apr 2024 at 22:02 PM
#4 - you been on the wacky baccy? The only example that Glasgow City Council are currently, is how to run a good city into the ground. The current anti-business, anti-progress SNP/Green administration need to be given the boot before Glasgow can move forward again.
#7 Posted by Lovely on 12 Apr 2024 at 10:07 AM
So far a lot of money spent to make the street worse than it was before. Plus ça change....
#8 Posted by elvis on 12 Apr 2024 at 10:34 AM
Ditto earlier comments from Complete Shower
#9 Posted by modernish on 12 Apr 2024 at 15:03 PM
Is it a typo that the consultation will run to October 2025! You don't need 18 months to figure out that something needs done sharpish.
Can UR keep a tally of how many building burn down/fall down and businesses close in the intervening period?
#10 Posted by Neil on 12 Apr 2024 at 16:58 PM
The decline in Glasgow City Centre needs action yesterday. My Family visited the other day and I was gutted to see the decline and what it has now become.

Cycle Paths and Pedestrian Focus, it's a total riot! Maybe the Council are future proofing the city for Global Warming and hoping for Sun. We live in Scotland and Alexander Greek Thomson new this too well, we need streets covered not opened up to the elements.

St Enoch Centre and Buchanan Galleries were looking great, but plans are in place to pull them down and open them up to streets and the Elements. Madness! #besteasterweatherever
#11 Posted by Scott on 12 Apr 2024 at 18:18 PM
The SNP led Glasgow City Council has done immeasurable damage to our great city.

Showbiz Sam - Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be
#12 Posted by Showbiz Sam - Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be on 12 Apr 2024 at 19:06 PM
1975. Sauchiehall Street. The Amphora. His Nibs. Live music. Summer evenings. Halcyon days. Whatever went so tragically wrong?

The rise of a politically talentless box-ticking mediocre bureaucratic class pandering to any and every issue of the day within the urban realm?

It only took them fifty years!
Glasgow Bob
#13 Posted by Glasgow Bob on 13 Apr 2024 at 06:56 AM
This consultation is required because no one has the one magic bullet to fix sauchiehall street and it will be a multitude of steps to regenerate, though main streets around the country are the same. Genuinely interested to hear the solutions rather than the no evidence carping of ill-informed commentators on here.
#9 it should be more relevant to focus on the owners of both businesses and buildings.
The Foundation
#14 Posted by The Foundation on 13 Apr 2024 at 10:33 AM
#4 Pipe down. I was purely referring to this piece of work. If done properly, it could serve as an exemplar for all abandoned high streets.
#15 Posted by Roddy_ on 15 Apr 2024 at 00:57 AM
I would contest that this is a pivot away from retail. Rather it looks to another facet of the street's assets that needs to be addressed and reinforced. It has taken since 2016 and the Sauchiehal and Garnethill DRF to address 3 of the headline issues that it raised:
• Maximise use of local communtiy assets
• Capitalise on cultural institutions
• Preserve cultural diversity
This funding is but a small step along that path.
There are seroius challenges, but the street has evolved and adapted with the times and I think assertions of its total demise are pre-mature.
I have to say, however, that I think the 'a vision + plan for the golden z' document (note the lower case letter on the front cover and throughout, therby assuring readers that it was compiled by architects who are quirky, modern and recherché) is too bloated a document at nearly 400 pages. It really needs editorial effort to bring it down by half - I mean this in all serousness. The document is unweildy, and, being such, is less likely to be given the proper consideration-which is a shame as there is some good stuff in there.
Anyway, this funding is good news.

#16 Posted by Roddy_ on 15 Apr 2024 at 01:10 AM
Buchanan St appears to be morphing into what I can only describe as an airport duty-free lounge: expensive watches, fragrance, makeup, jewelllery and over-priced places to eat/ drink.
Is this what we expect this street to be? All international brands, all available at any/all large city across the UK and Europe. Is this how it goes? Homogenised multi-nationals? What about small local brands - clothing and food and others - they seem to be doing okay in other neighbourhoods in the city. I guess rent and rates preclude their presence.
It is strange to say so, but Buchanan St feels on the edge of a crisis too.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#17 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 15 Apr 2024 at 11:21 AM
The desire by the planning / architectural fan bhois to have areas live or die by way of decades old master-planning is the stuff of 60's control freakery and the need for the plebs to have expertise to live their lives to the fool.

The more money we invest in consultations and regeneration initiatives the further the exercise moves from the reality of where we are now. These exercises just cloud the issue with hobby horsing and the one club golfer approach of the academically minded who do not want to engage with the real world.

There is little use in talking about the future when we cannot deliver the basics at the moment -- the Avenues project is a shambles to end all shambles. Tarting up streets as economic policy is just rewarding civic failure and highlighting the total lack of vision of the political world in Glesga.

First things first -- fix the GSA wreck / fix the Avenues building site / fix the planning farrago and then we can talk.

What use is an art house cinema when we don't produce any films about Glasgow life?

And those we do produce comes from the imagination of hackneyed outsiders looking for a new angle on poverty porn.

Want to revitalise the area -- might be a good start to revisit the parking angle. Plus run more than 2 trains an hour through the area's railway station.
Showbiz Sam
#18 Posted by Showbiz Sam on 15 Apr 2024 at 14:05 PM
15 & 17. Fbot - Agreed! I really don't understand why Rodders hasn't had a Damascene conversion yet. Does he really believe that planning policies are even worth the paper they are written on? It's a simple question. Especially given the rank bad decision making of committees and their corrupt councillors thereof who wield the actual power. Tammany Hall lives on. Twas ever so.

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