We are delighted to announce that, as part of a team led by Civic Engineers, we have been appointed by Glasgow City Council to help deliver a £1.8 million contract for the design of the transformative city centre ‘Avenues’ project. The project is supported by the £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal, of which £115million is allocated for the Avenues.
This new commission will focus on taking forward our previous work, over a number of years, to identify the streets that will yield the greatest return on investment for the City, and its citizens; to establish the Avenues design concept; and to prove the success of this concept through the Sauchiehall Street Avenue Pilot Project (due to start on site in early 2018). The commission will deliver the first seven Avenues on key city centre streets and spaces, delivering an improved public realm that invites more people to walk, cycle, and spend time in the city.
The transformation of the Avenues seeks to dramatically improve the quality of the city centre environment, putting people at its heart, and delivering a more sustainable, connected, diverse, and inclusive city for all those who live, work and visit. Our work will focus on the key city-centre thoroughfares of Argyle Street, Trongate, St Enoch’s Square, the Underline (a pedestrian and cycle route linking Great Western Road with the city centre), Sauchiehall Precinct, Cathedral Street, and North Hanover Street. The aims are to radically improve conditions for walking and cycling, introduce sustainable green infrastructure and enhance biodiversity, increase the attractiveness of public transport, and transform the perceptions of the city.
Civic Engineers have been appointed to lead the multidisciplinary design team who will take the project from concept design and public consultation through to developed design stage. The project gets underway this month, and it is planned to complete in 2022.
Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “This project will play a key role in our plans for the further development of Glasgow city centre. The ‘Avenues’ will become an attractive feature for everyone who uses the area, whether for work, study, shopping, eating and dining, clubbing and theatre-going, or as a resident, and we look forward to working with partner organisations to deliver this project which will change the face of the city centre for the better.”
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