Laurieston part of £1bn city revitalisation

30 Mar 2011

The tranformation of the Laurieston area has been given the go-ahead. The redevelopment will complement and extend the neighbouring New Gorbals.

Glasgow's blighted Laurieston district south of the River Clyde is one of three areas to benefit from the construction of 800 houses, shops and other business premises in a £1bn project which will target key areas of the city.

Community facilities and a park will also form part of the plans.

With the 02 Academy concert venue, the Citizens Theatre and Bridge Street Underground on its doorstep, and the award-winning New Gorbals area to the east, New Laurieston is being billed by its financial backers as a "world class city quarter".

The five-year project will see a further 700 residential properties constructed further down the line, with similar schemes planned for Maryhill and the Gallowgate due to get under way in the medium term.

The "transformational regeneration areas" (TRAs), involving the city council, Scottish Government, Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and community hous- ing associations, will eventually extend to other Glasgow areas in-cluding East Govan/Ibrox, North Toryglen, Red Road, Sighthill and Shawbridge, with a combined capital spend, including private sector investment, expected to exceed £1 billion in the next decade.

Laurieston's redevelopment has been an aspiration since the early 1990s, with steering groups honing down the vision since 2002. But it was only with the demolition of several tower blocks in the Gorbals area that it is now possible.

Architecture firms Page\Park and Elder and Cannon have designed the first phases, which will be developed by New Gorbals Housing Association and is based in the nearby Crown Street regeneration scheme.

A contractor is being appointed to construct the first 200 social houses on the site and the Government is releasing around £13 million of the £23m required to make the first phase happen.

Source: The Herald - First phase in £1bn city revial to begin