Glasgow approves regeneration framework for St Enoch District
A ten-year action plan to regenerate Glasgow’s St Enoch District has been given the green light following a consultation process.
Developed collaboratively by a multi-disciplinary team led by Austin-Smith:Lord and MVRDV, the St Enoch District Regeneration Framework (DRF) features key projects such as the Argyle Street and Clyde Street Avenues, the River Park, and a number of local masterplans.
More than 5,500 people were directly engaged in the consultation process around this DRF, which aims to regenerate the district over the next decade.
A number of themes and projects were proposed in the St Enoch DRF, and the most popular of these was the theme of creating great streets and spaces, with many respondents supporting the role of active travel in this.
Other popular proposals included more pro-active interventions to deal with gap sites and building maintenance; better integration of transport modes; the development of a range a range of day and night-time amenities and attractions to attract footfall and increase dwell-time; more local, independent business and retail, as well as bars and restaurants, and more usable outdoor green space.
There were also calls for a greater residential population that could tap into and drive the area’s existing art and creative scene.
Consultation feedback on the proposed River Park along both banks of the Clyde in the city centre led to a change in the draft DRF, with respondents calling for mixed-use development to attract footfall and bring vibrancy to the area, more greenspace and trees, and the addition of jetties and platforms to allow greater access to the river Clyde.
Meanwhile, Glasgow City Council has approved a 10-week public consultation on a draft regeneration strategy for the Central District of the city centre.
The process of developing this draft DRF found the Central district’s strengths, potential, opportunities and challenges: the district lies at the heart of the city centre and is key to all the surrounding districts, it contains the city’s leading retail quarter and much public transport provision - but is still dominated by the car and the subsequent impact on public space.
The public consultation will run from December 6 to February 14.
Elsewhere, a strategy to bring between 200-250 empty homes back into use annually over three years and a new document which shows the way to doubling the city centre’s population to 40,000 over the next 15 years have both been approved by councillors.