Architects short-listed for George Square

28 Nov 2012

Six firms, including one each from France and the US, have been chosen for the £15 million transformation project, which will result in the square's statues and monuments being removed. The first of two phases will be completed in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Officials at the city council are delighted with the calibre of submissions, with the six whittled down from 35 bids from as far afield as Australia, the US and Sweden.

They also hope details of the submissions will move the discussions around George Square on from the statues and their place in the city's history and concerns the revamp is commercially driven.

The designs will be displayed in the Lighthouse architecture centre in Glasgow in January.

Among the finalists is award-winning Glasgow-based JM Architects, whose recent work includes the restoration of the Glasgow School of Art, while several firms have been involved in projects around the London 2012 Olympics.

Source: The Herald - Designers battle for city square's £15m overhaul