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McAslan reveals greener George Square vision

John McAslan + Partners has unveiled new plans for Glasgow’s George Square, featuring more greenery in a bid to win over the city

The AJ100 practice was announced winner of the high-profile contest last week before the project was surprisingly abandoned by Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson.

The politician said he was scrapping the development because of public outcry against the plans but it has since been alleged that Matheson had wanted a rival scheme by Burns + Nice to win.

McAslan took to the square yesterday with his revised plans in a bid to win over the public to the project. The new design includes four quadrants of green space, mimicking the square’s design pre-1998, when two quadrants were ripped up and replaced with red tarmac, to encourage more commercial opportunities in the square.

McAslan told STV: ‘I am here because I think it is important that architects are seen as people who listen and who engage.’

He added: ‘I would like to meet Gordon Matheson. It is good to meet somebody who you can engage with and have two people who share two very strong views about something.

‘He will have a strong view and I will have a strong view but I can honestly see a positive outcome.’

The architect hopes his revised scheme can be submitted to the council following future consultation.

The design retains five of the square’s iconic statues which competing entries to the contest would have controversially removed.

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