As part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal funding, Glasgow City Council is investing approximately £115 million within the city centre to deliver on the Enabling Infrastructure - Integrated Public Realm (EIIPR) programme.
More commonly known as the Avenues programme, this will see streestscape improvements made to the public realm, supporting a key strategic objective of the City Centre Strategy and Action Plan 2014-19: the establishment of principal Avenues throughout the city centre to form an integrated network of continuous pedestrian and cycle priority routes.
The Avenues will be used as a binding mechanism to integrate public realm and placemaking initiatives, making the city more attractive, "people-friendly", and economically competitive.
The EIIPR programme is essentially a quality place-making scheme that will transform 17 key streets and adjacent areas (or "Avenues") in Glasgow city centre, through the introduction of an improved external environment that will rebalance traffic modes, introduce green and SMART infrastructure, and place "people" firmly at the heart of the project vision and design strategy.
The ambitious project aims to transform the face of the city for all those who live, work and visit. It will see key Glasgow city-centre streets redesigned to protect and prioritise space for cyclists and pedestrians, improve connectivity, introduce sustainable green infrastructure through attractive streetscapes and enhancing biodiversity and improve the way public transport is accommodated.
The improvements include:
Consultation has taken place on Argyle Street to determine how the area could be transformed in the future, with an emphasis on pedestrian and cycle priority.
You can see the design ideas for Argyle Street, St Enoch Square and Dixon Square here [1Mb].
Thanks to over 250 people who responded to our online survey seeking views on those initial design ideas,75% of respondents said that they would be more likely to visit the city centre once the proposals have been completed. Confirming one of the main objectives of the Avenues project, which is more attractive and brings economic growth.
When asked how they would like the street to feel in the future, typical responses were:
These and many other comments will be immensely helpful as we work up the designs over the coming months.
Details of future consultation events will be updated on this webpage.
The current projects are listed below:
Sauchiehall Street between Charing Cross and Rose Street is currently being developed as a proof of concept and will act as a demonstrator project for the overall plan. Construction work commenced on the Sauchiehall Street Avenue in January 2018 and is anticipated to last approximately 18 months. Other Avenues will be progressed in phases over the next 8 years.
The existing Sauchiehall Street construction programme has been impacted as a result of the recent fire at the Glasgow School of Art. Further information will be made available in due course.
In 2017, civil and structural engineers, Civic Engineers were appointed to lead a multi-disciplinary team who will take the project concept design and public consultation for the first full phase of Avenues, known as "Block A", through to developed design stage. The first phase of Avenues includes:
Public consultations on the design of this first phase will take place during 2018 and 2019. Please see the Consultation tab for more information.
Further updates will be uploaded as and when available. The phasing can be found under Related Documents on the right.