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Make to overhaul key Glasgow area

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Make Architects has been won the contest to overhaul the well-known Speirs Lock area of Glasgow, overlooking the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Working with landscape designer Rankin Fraser and artist KOAN3, the practice saw off Urban Initiatives, 3DReid and London-based Mossessian & Partners to land the high-profile regeneration project .

Mossessian had previously been consulted by the client, the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership (GCRP), to look at an outline masterplan for the area after the plug was pulled on an even earlier RMJM tower scheme on part of the plot.

Make project architect Helena Huws said: ‘The project presents an extraordinary development opportunity in an exceptional location.

‘There is significant benefit to be gained by strengthening the link between the Glasgow Branch of the Forth & Clyde canal and the city centre – reconnecting the site to the heart of the city.

‘Speirs Locks has the potential to create a unique development that will attract people and investment to the area as well as supporting existing communities and businesses within the locality.’

GCRP is a joint Venture Partnership between Glasgow City Council and ISIS Waterside Regeneration.

Gary Watt, Development Manager at ISIS Waterside Regeneration said: ‘The Speirs Locks project is in a well known part of the city and is extremely important for the long term regeneration plans for the canal corridor.

‘The decision was incredibly difficult as the quality of each submission had been applauded by the Partnership and community alike but it was Make that made a lasting impression with its vision of Speirs Locks as a new canalside destination, connected physically and psychologically to the city centre of Glasgow once again.’

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