Designs sought for George Square event & travel hub
September 11 2020
Glasgow City Council is inviting submissions for its design tender for George Square and the area bounded by George Street, Hanover Street, John Street, Miller Street, Dundas Street and Dundas Lane.
A pre-qualification process has already opened with shortlisted teams expected to be announced in November, with the full tender details being published shortly thereafter.
Part of the city centre Avenues programme the work will take into account requirements for hosting major events such as the upcoming UEFA European Championships, COP 26 and the UCI Cycling World Championships.
Other principle specifications include creation of a pedestrian link from Queen Street Station to the River Clyde through Miller Street alongside active travel infrastructure. Attention will also be given to more prosaic matters relating to refuse collection and services for local homes and businesses.
Council leader Susan Aitken said: “The transformation of George Square is already underway and this project will help to redefine it as Glasgow’s principal public space and gathering place. It will make active travel and public transport more appealing, improve air quality and the local environment, and make this city neighbourhood not only more resilient and sustainable, but a more attractive place in which to live, work and visit."
Glasgow City Council's District Regeneration Framworks for the Central, St Enoch and Blythswood districts won the masterplanning award at last nights Scottish Design Awards. Singling out the approach for praise judge Riccardo Marini of Marini Urbanismo said: "This gets my vote, it's addressing issues with the liveability of this area. If they implement it. Great. My recommendation to the city - get the cars out of there!"
It is expected that the design team will be appointed in March 2021 with construction commencing in summer 2023.
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