£3m to transform derelict riverside

02 Jun 2008

by Gerry Braiden, The Herald

Almost £3m will be pledged this week to transform the derelict area around Glasgow Harbour and the new Riverside Transport Museum.

The enhancements include landscaping neglected ground, providing floodlighting and river safety equipment and making improvements to CCTV systems.

The area, at Pointhouse in Partick, which also takes in a public slipway for river access, a public square and approach to a new pedestrian bridge crossing the Kelvin, covers around 17 acres, not including the museum building.

The £2.79m investment follows lengthy discussions between Glasgow Harbour and the city council regarding the need for high-quality public space within the area to attract people and link the various components of the riverside regeneration.

George Ryan, head of development and regeneration, said: "The quality of design of the Glasgow Harbour development is raising the bar for projects of this scale and the council must make sure its plans are to the same high standard."

"Negotiations with Glasgow Harbour partners on how to landscape the area have been ongoing to ensure different projects were fully integrated.

"The council's landscaping scheme for Pointhouse is the icing on the cake to bring all the individual developments together."

Reproduced with the permission of The Herald (Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

  • Aerial view of the site and River Kelvin