MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord to lead Glasgow regeneration project

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Architecture and urban design practices MVRDV and Austin-Smth:Lord have been appointed by Glasgow City Council to lead the design of District Regeneration Frameworks for four districts of Glasgow City Centre.

The project, which aims to “create a clear urban structure to realise Glasgow’s economic, cultural and social potential”, will focus on the Broomielaw, Blythswood, St Enoch and Central areas of the city.

Rotterdam-based MVRDV and UK-based Austin-Smith:Lord will be supported by urban planners Space Syntax and a multidisciplinary team.

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.”

He added, “We look forward to collaborating with Glaswegians, the Council and stakeholders to shape an exciting future for these Districts.”