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Overview

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.

Design and construction work is being phased over the period 2017 to 2024.

Community Benefits

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:

  • Increased pedestrian / cycle space
  • Continuous footways
  • Segregated cycle lanes
  • Green/Blue Infrastructure
  • Reduced street clutter
  • Intelligent Street Lighting (ISL) and improved lighting features

Consultation

Public consultations on the Avenues designs are being phased over the period 2018 to 2022.  The first main phases are being designed and consulted upon in 2018-19.

Sauchiehall Street pedestrian precinct, Cambridge Street and New City Road to St Georges Cross are currently being consulted on.  Initial design ideas for these streets are now open for consultation: the overall plan can be pdf icon viewed here [6Mb]   and 'before-and-after' visualisations pdf icon here [12Mb].

  • Please let us know what you think of these initial designs by Sunday 9 December using this 2 minute survey

Your feedback, along with responses already gathered from local businesses and community groups, will help to inform the next stage of designs.

If you'd like to meet the design team, they will be out and about with drawings and plans 10am-5pm on Friday 16th November (St Georges Cross and New City Road) and Saturday 17th November (Sauchiehall Street near Marks & Spencer, and Cambridge Street).

Other consultations on initial designs taking place during 2018-19 are:

  • Argyle Street eastwards from M8 junction 19, Trongate and Dixon Street: consultation on these initial proposals took place in June 2018 and has now closed.  The visualisations used for that public consultation have been archived under Related Documents.
     
  • North Hanover Street and Cathedral Street: consultation on these proposals will take place in early 2019.

Projects

The current projects are listed below:

  • Sauchiehall Street West: between Charing Cross and Rose Street
  • Argyle Street West:  between Junction 19 of the M8 motorway and Buchanan Street
  • Argyle Street East: between Buchanan Street and High Street/Saltmarket
  • Dixon Street/St Enoch's Square
  • The Underline:the section of road that links Great Western Road with the city centre and includes New City Road and Cambridge Street
  • Sauchiehall Street Precinct
  • North Hanover Street/Kyle Street:the section of road that links development activity to the north of the city centre to George Square
  • Cathedral Street
  • Elmbank Street/Elmbank Crescent
  • Holland Street/Pitt Street
  • Stockwell Street/Glassford Street
  • Broomielaw/Clyde Street
  • St Vincent Street/St Vincent Place/Cochrane Street
  • George Street
  • Hope Street
  • John Street
  • International Financial Services District (IFSD)

Project Progress

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:

  • Argyle Street (Anderston station to Glasgow Cross), St Enoch Square and Dixon Street
  • Sauchiehall Street precinct, Cambridge Street and New City Road
  • Cathedral Street and North Hanover Street
  • pdf icon Avenue Phasing Map [1Mb]

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.

Fact File

Location
  • Glasgow city centre

Electoral Ward

 

 

 

 

  • 10 - Anders/City
  • 5 - Govan
  • 8 - Southside Central
  • 9 - Calton
  • 11 - Hillhead
  • 12 - Partick West
  • 16 - Canal
  • 17 - Springburn and
  • 18 - East Centre
Budget
  • £115m

Current Stage 
 

  • Sauchiehall Street pilot under construction, design and consultation
    on first full phase of Avenues network is underway.
Completion Date                
  • 2025
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