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Glasgow launches George Square redesign contest

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[Deadline for requests to participate 20 September] Glasgow City Council has tendered for architectural services for the £1.25 million overhaul of George Square

The council is seeking a designer-led, multi-disciplinary team to spruce up the city’s key civic square in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Featuring a raft of monuments including a cenotaph and statues of Walter Scott and Robert Burns, the eighteenth century square originally hosted a garden but was later concreted over to create an events space.

In the tender notice, the council acknowledged the square’s history as a ‘grand place’ and called for a ‘wholesale re-examination of its image and functions in order that it can be regarded as a ‘place’ fit for the 21st Century’.  

It said: ‘The re-design must reinforce the role of George Square as Glasgow’s primary urban space by celebrating the creativity of the city and its people, creating a day and night environment in which the citizens of Glasgow and visitors alike are able to socialise freely, providing a context in which a range of organised activities, large and small can occur during all seasons, creating an urban space of outstanding design quality [and] creating a world class tourist destination.’

A spokesperson for the council confirmed that only the cenotaph would be regarded as ‘completely sacrosanct’. They added: ‘[It] might be appropriate to relocate some of the statues to our parks which could significantly enhance the area that they are moved to and allow for wider enjoyment and interpretation.’

A public consultation has already been launched to seek views on the project.


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