Regeneration

Byres Road set for £9m revamp … and the public will get a say on plans next month

By Ian Marland at

A £9 million makeover is set to breathe new life into Byres Road.

The experience of pedestrians and cyclists will be uppermost in the plans which are only just taking shape.

And the public are set to get involved at a series of consultations events starting next month – with the first of these taking place at Hillhead Library on February 23.

But the work will not begin until the end of 2018.

Existing: Vinicombe Street has already seen improvements made.

Existing: Vinicombe Street has already seen improvements made.

The city council outlined proposals for the public realm improvements at a meeting Tuesday (Jan 24).

The council’s Regeneration and the Economy Committee considered the results of an initial public consultation.

From this a number of key findings arose:

· Support for full street redesign, with improvements benefiting groups such as cyclists and pedestrians

· Enhance the pedestrian environment, with improved surfaces, reduced street clutter and pavement seating

· Safe cycle routes

· Resources available to allow community involvement in design and programming of events in potential new civic spaces

· Priority spaces were identified, including Ashton Road car park, Church Street triangle, and corners at Chancellor Street and Great George Street

The £9 million of funding for these public realm improvements will come from the £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal.

The works will aim to improve connections to the Glasgow University campus.

Works will complement the University’s ambitious proposals which will see the expansion of the campus onto the site of the former Western Infirmary.

The University estimates that its campus expansion has the potential to create 2,500 new jobs and contribute an additional £130million to the economy each year.


Watch: Senior city council planner Ewan Curtis explains the Byres Road scheme.

The council has appointed a design team – led by local architects Benton Scott-Simmons – to work on the preparation of public realm designs, and from February 2017 they will undertake community consultation and technical design work before construction work begins.

Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Byres Road is a jewel in the crown of Glasgow’s economic and social life, attracting visitors from Glasgow and beyond to its attractions during the day and at night.

“This consultation process will help to ensure that it remains in this position by informing how best to shape the Byres Road that everyone with an interest in the area wants, and I would urge all stakeholders to participate.”

A series of public events will form part of the next stage of consultation on the proposed improvements – including the event at Hillhead Library.

This consultation series will involve key stakeholders, such as residents; community councils; voluntary organisations; businesses and organisations with premises on Byres Road; the Business Improvement District; event organisers such as the West End Festival; the University of Glasgow; council departments and other agencies who manage waste, cleansing, lighting, etc; and other organisations such as cycling groups and disability forums.

There will be individual consultation processes for each section of Byres Road throughout the rest of 2017 and the first half of 2018.

An online information and consultation hub at www.facebook.com/ByresRoadCorners, will be regularly updated throughout the entire process.