Garscube Link is a new public realm intervention which re-connects North Glasgow back to the city centre for pedestrians and cyclists. It is the first phase of the regeneration of the Speirs Locks area in Glasgow and was designed by 7N Architects and RankinFraser Landscape Architecture for the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership.
The project has involved the radical revitalisation of this crucial link to the City Centre which was severed by the construction of the M8 motorway in the 1960s. The primary interface has been transformed from an inhospitable barrier to one which will be a positive threshold to the wider area. The existing route was a hostile environment: dark, dirty, noisy, and intimidating. The new public realm is significantly wider that the previous underpass, held together by a single, flowing, red resin surface that doesn’t constrain those using it to a single, confrontational, route. It is illuminated by a ribbon of 50 coloured aluminium “flowers”, fluttering through the space 8m up in the air, that draw the visitor through the route in deliberate contrast to the solidity of the concrete.
The Garscube Link has been christened “The Phoenix Flowers”, a reference to the former Phoenix Park which once occupied the site before the construction of the motorway.