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Competition: Glasgow Avenues

Glasgow City Centre vision by MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord
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Glasgow City Council is recruiting a design team for a major overhaul of public realm across its central area

The winner of the £2 million contract will deliver an ambitious makeover of seven key city-centre thoroughfares: Argyle Street west, Argyle Street east, St Enoch’s Square and Dixon Street, the Underline, Sauchiehall Precinct, Cathedral Street and North Hanover Street.

The project, planned to complete in 2022, will be the first tranche of public-realm improvements to be delivered under Glasgow’s £1.13 billion City Deal investment programme. MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord were hired to create an overall regeneration framework for the city centre last year, and a pilot project for Sauchiehall Street by 7N Architects with Gehl Architects will start on site next year.

According to the brief: ‘The council invites tender bids 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 first main investment under City Deal in Glasgow city centre.

‘This investment programme is termed the enabling infrastructure integrated public-realm project, and it has become colloquially known as the “avenues” project due to its underlying ethos of creating connected, green routes across the city centre.’

Glasgow City Council and eight neighbouring local authorities entered into a £1.13 billion City Deal agreement with the UK government three 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. MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord were appointed to draw up a masterplan vision for upgrading Glasgow’s city centre public realm last year.

The £115 million strategy, supported by Space Syntax, identified 16 core ‘avenues’ requiring major public realm improvements. The first tranche, dubbed Block A, covers seven areas including the length of Argyle Street between Kingston Bridge and Trongate.

Other ‘avenues’ covered by project 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’.

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.

7N Architects, with Urban Movement and Gehl Architects, has already drawn up a pilot project 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. It is planned to start later this year.

The deadline for application is noon, 1 June.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Jim Rankin
Glasgow City Council
Chief Executives Department
City Chambers
G2 1DU

Tel: +44 1412874181
Email: jim.rankin@glasgow.gov.uk

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