A four-week public engagement process on the future design of Glasgow’s George Square and surrounding avenues is to begin.
John McAslan + Partners has been commissioned to reconsider the synergy and balance between the civic space and the surrounding streets in relation to modern life.
This involves clarifying the architectural and spatial qualities of the square and its relationship to the surrounding urban context. The scope of improvements will include George Street and St Vincent Street, as well as Dundas Street and Dundas Lane, John Street, St Vincent Place, Miller Street and Hanover Street.
The scheme is part of the wider £115 million avenues initiative aimed at improving pedestrian connectivity and priority throughout the city, amid new tree planting, rain gardens, cycleways and improved public transport. Sustainability and community sit at the core of this project, with the aim of substantially enhancing both the urban environment and opportunities for residents and visitors.
Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said, “George Square should be Glasgow’s greatest civic space – and, through this consultation, we all have the opportunity to make sure the square and its surrounding Avenues that meets our aspirations for the future. While the conversation about George Square back in 2019 told us what the people of the city felt about the space, and their ambitions for it, this consultation is different – this time we are asking for views specifically on how people want to the Square to look, in terms of its design and what is in it.”
The transformation of George Square and the adjacent streets will be funded through the Glasgow city region city deal as part of Glasgow City Council’s avenues project. Construction work for block C (George Square and surrounding streets) will commence in 2024.
The project will be delivered in two phases: phase one will include George Square, Dundas Street, Dundas Lane and John Street, and is due to be completed in 2026. Phase two includes St Vincent Street, St Vincent Place, Hanover Street, Miller Street and George Street. This is due for completion in 2028.
To take part in the public consultation on plans, click here.