The Speirs Locks Regeneration Framework and Masterplan has rejuvenated a 14 hectare derelict quarter of North Glasgow and transformed it into a vibrant centre for creative industries through a strategy developed by 7N Architects called ‘Growing The Place.’ This originated from reflections on existing urban places that had been transformed through colonisation by creative groups looking for cheap, off-beat, but reasonably central districts that had a distinct vibe to them.
The strategy cultivates placemaking by focusing on initial, limited investment on high profile cultural initiatives to overturn negative perceptions of the place in order to ”grow” the social, cultural and economic “value” of the site. The Masterplan has been adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance by Glasgow City Council. It has been awarded a BURA Award for Strategy and Masterplanning and is one of eleven exemplar projects selected by the Scottish Government’s Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative.
The Speirs Locks initiative was instigated by the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership (GCRP), a partnership between Glasgow City Council and ISIS Waterside Regeneration, supported by Scottish Canals. 7N are currently working with Scottish Canals on the next iteration of the strategy.