New gorbals scoops major planning award

02 Feb 2006

The £170 million regeneration of the New Gorbals was today given a top award by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

The RTPI's Planning Awards were established to recognise the positive achievements of the UK's planning profession.

The New Gorbals scheme won the Planning for New Neighbourhoods Award. It is major recognition for the hard work put in over the last 15 years to make the Gorbals a more attractive place to live, work and invest.

Councillor James Mutter, the local Glasgow City Council member for Hutchesontown, said: "This is a wonderful accolade, not just for the community of the New Gorbals but for the whole of Glasgow. This is one of many great projects that is being supported by Glasgow City Council which is helping not only the physical regeneration of an area but is also improving the lives of the people living and working there.

"It has set new regeneration standards by combining top class urban design with public/private investment. It has also demonstrated it is possible to reverse the economic decline and deprivation experienced in an area and attract people to return to live and work there."

The regeneration of the area began in 1990 with the formation of the Crown Street Regeneration Project. Once the site of the damp flats and maisonettes of the Hutchesontown area, Crown Street set new standards for regeneration not only in the Gorbals but across the whole of the city.

Since then it has seen the creation of hundreds of new homes, both for the private and socially rented sector; local shops, including a supermarket; new tree lined streets, the Gorbals Park, student accommodation, leisure centre, library, business park and a local development company to assist in the improvement of the local economy.

The scheme is an prime example of what can be achieved through public/private partnership. Glasgow City Council is looking to continue this success in the neighbouring regeneration schemes of Oatlands and Laurieston.

For further information about the awards, please contact: Andrew Kilman, Communications Manager, RTPI on 0207 9299479 or 07870 672020