Plans unveiled to enhance gateway to Scottish Event Campus
Detailed plans have been lodged for an arrivals hall and cycle/walkway tunnel improvements at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.
Under designs by Holmes Miller, the 30-year-old walkway bridge from the Exhibition Centre rail station side of the campus is to be re-clad along its full length, with enhanced lighting, new surface and painting of the hoop structure and handrail.
The section crossing the rail to the north will be replaced with a new structure that will enhance the entrance experience and increase the visibility from Minerva Street, the practice added.
In a statement Holmes Miller wrote: “Some 30 years old, the existing walkway is tired, but much loved by Glaswegians. The distinctive arched aesthetic of the canopy and bright red painted floor are synonymous with visits out to the SEC - we see these elements as historic features that should be embraced and enhanced.
“The current entrance bridges the railway line, and exists as one section span. The new proposal replaces this single span with a new section, and an ‘amplified’ version of the arched canopy, with an illuminated threshold arch.”
The statement added: “The need to screen the public prior to accessing the campus from the bridge requires a control area which will be formed at the high level of the arrivals hall.
“This level will then lead directly to the SEC entrance plaza at ground level, through a series of escalators, lifts and stairs.
“The goal of the interior architecture of these spaces is to promote a calming environment and a warm welcome to the Scottish Event Campus.”
A second phase of development will involve extending the gateway structure by providing a new ‘atrium and entrance building’ for the SEC Centre. This will be the subject of a separate planning application.
The SEC currently has planning consent for the principle of massive development on the other side of the site, although detailed plans have still to be brought forward.
Under indicative plans drawn up by Keppie Design and Arup, the Congress Road site in Finnieston will become home to new event and conference facilities, an enhanced walkway to Exhibition Centre station and a 200-bed hotel adjacent to the Crowne Plaza.
All images courtesy of Holmes Miller