This strategy was developed by 7N Architects with Glasgow City Council for the Public Spaces and Neighbourhoods workstream of the emerging City Centre Strategy. Glasgow has delivered many successful initiatives in recent years but is now at a point where opportunities for further improvement are inhibited by inherent issues associated with the City’s infrastructure. Unless significant measures are implemented which are bold enough to tackle them they will limit the progress towards the city's Future Vision.
Our proposals acknowledge the opportunities as well as the limitations of Glasgow City Centre and promote a fundamental shift in the balance between motor vehicles and pedestrians and cyclists to significantly improve the urban quality of the City Centre’s streets and spaces as well as their connections with the surrounding neighbourhoods. Whilst these issues are mainly related to movement, they can be viewed as being symptomatic of the environmental health of the City and how citizens and visitors perceive it. Such perceptions are critical to Glasgow’s future economic and social wellbeing as they directly shape people’s decisions to live, work, visit and invest in the City.
The strategy we developed also identifies City Centre Districts, that seek to find a more flexible way of defining character areas of the city. City Centre Districts are different to planning zones, in that they focus on streets and public spaces and are a means of actively implementing local initiatives that respond to immediate context as well as contribute toward the wider city strategy.
The draft City Centre Strategy has been published here.