The Merchant City has benefitted from a long-term regeneration strategy which has had an extremely positive impact on the area, and the city centre as a whole. Mixed uses such as, retail, galleries, bars, restaurants and residential provide activity and a sustainable economic future. It is this combination and level of activity which keeps the buildings in use, making the most of the heritage.
The High Street is predominantly made up of small business and retail units with storage/residential above, and large new developments of flatted housing and student residences. There are real opportunities to improve the look and feel of the streets that we are asking residents and visitors to use. There is a train station at High Street which serves local trains on the North Clyde Line.
This area will be subject to more transformation with the continuing development of the University of Strathclyde. It will be important to maintain people-focused design at the heart of proposals for new and transformed streets and spaces. There is huge potential in a thriving student population, and this has to be realised.
The consultation has now closed, and the results are being looked at. We will report back on the consultation in May. Once the report is approved then the prioritised projects outlined in that report will be delivered in line with the suggested timetable.