Glasgow appoints design team to lead District Regeneration Frameworks

StEnochCentreExteriorGlasgow City Council has appointed a multidisciplinary team led by MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord to embark on the design of District Regeneration Frameworks for four city centre districts.

The project will look to create a clear urban structure to realise Glasgow’s economic, cultural and social potential for the Broomielaw, Blythswood, St Enoch and Central areas as part of the local authority’s City Centre Strategy.

Challenges include vacant buildings, under-utilised plots, changes in retail patterns, city centre living, public open space, safety and traffic.

Winy Maas of MVRDV said: “We have an incredibly exciting opportunity to further elaborate Glasgow centre’s potential on every scale. For the residents it is to make the city a vibrant and exciting place to live in at this moment. But we have to look ahead as well and create the plan for a city that can adapt and change in response to whatever the future throws at it; whilst at the same time capturing and developing the identity of the city and its people and further stimulating programmatic and economic development.”

Graham Ross, partner at Austin-Smith:Lord, said: “Our team is thrilled to have been appointed for this very significant project. The vitality of Glasgow city centre is of strategic national importance. There are opportunities to make small scale interventions to enhance the city for all. There are also areas that require significant transformation to address longstanding issues. We look forward to collaborating with Glaswegians, the council and stakeholders to shape an exciting future for these districts.”

Space Syntax, Urban Tide, Douglas Wheeler Associates, WAVEparticle, Ryden, Gerry Grams, Gardiner + Theobald and Arup complete the round-up of appointments.

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