Glasgow City Council is recruiting a design team for the second part of its ambitious programme to overhaul public realm across its central area
The team chosen for the £1.5 million contract will deliver a major makeover of five key city-centre thoroughfares: Elmbank Street and Elmbank Crescent; Glassford Street to Stockwell Street; Washington Street, McAlpine Street, Carrick Street, Brown Street, Balaclava Street and Crimea Street; Broomielaw to Clyde Street; and Holland Street and Pitt Street.
The project, planned to complete in 2023, will be the second tranche of public-realm improvements to be delivered under Glasgow’s £1.13 billion City Deal investment programme. Urban Movement was hired to create an overall public realm strategy for the city centre in 2016, and a pilot project for Sauchiehall Street by Urban Movement with support from 7N Architects with Gehl Architects started on site in January this year.
According to the brief: ‘This PQQ is for the provision of a lead consultant and a team of multidisciplinary professional services to undertake the preparation and brief, concept design, developed design, and technical design in accordance with RIBA stages, and an ongoing design input during the construction period, for the second main investment under City Deal in Glasgow city centre’
‘As part of this contract, the consultant team is required to produce new guidelines for public-realm design and maintenance. This will inform all future public-realm investment and guidance in the city centre and across the wider city. The document will provide guidance on public-realm design, best practices and maintenance. The document will consolidate current adopted standards and best practices within the council while taking account of emerging advances in public-realm design.’
Glasgow City Council and eight neighbouring local authorities entered into a £1.13 billion City Deal agreement with the UK government four years ago. The investment aims to boost transport across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, kick-start key regeneration sites, support the city’s emerging life science sector, promote small and medium-sized enterprises, combat unemployment and increase salaries.
Around 26 major infrastructure projects will be delivered over the next two decades, including public realm, housing, retail, roads, bridges and quay walls.
Key improvements will include new connectivity and a more balanced approach to motorised vehicle, pedestrian and cycle networks. Upgraded lighting features, new green and blue infrastructure and active shop frontages will also be delivered.
Urban Movement’s strategy identified 16 core ‘avenues’ requiring major public realm improvements. The first tranche – named Block A and covering seven areas including the length of Argyle Street between Kingston Bridge and Trongate – was awarded to Civic Engineers in November.
Other ‘avenues’ covered by initial tranche include the Sauchiehall Precinct from Rose Street to Buchanan Street, Cathedral Street, St Enoch’s Square and a new pedestrian and cycle route linking Great Western Road with the city centre known as ‘The Underline’.
The latest tranche, known as Block B, covers five ‘avenues’ including three within the waterfront International Financial Services District West area. The other two sites are located in the West End and in the Merchant Quarter.
Earlier this year a pilot project started on site, designed by Urban Movement with 7N Architects and Gehl Architects, for the non-pedestrianised western end of Sauchiehall Street running from Charing Cross to Rose Street. The £6 million scheme will introduce a new avenue of trees and dedicated two-way cycle lane along with new lighting masts and seating.
The deadline for applications is midday on 22 February.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Glasgow City Council
Chief Executives Department
Tel: +44 1412876432