Grand designs for George Square

13 Sep 2012

An international design competition has been launched to transform the civic heart of Glasgow.

The work on George Square is expected to include removing all the statues and monuments with the exception of the Cenotaph, getting rid of the existing raised beds and lighting and digging up the red surface.

City council bosses say the £15 million improvement scheme is needed as the square looks tired and rundown and is not fit for the 21st century. They hope the upgrade of the area will result in it being Scotland's top city centre space.

Councillors have agreed to launch a competition looking for high quality designs for the historic area.

City council leader, Gordon Matheson, said: "It is time for George Square to regain its status as not only Glasgow's premier urban space, but Scotland's premier urban space."

Residents focus groups and stakeholders have been consulted to find out their vision for George Square.

In December, the second phase of the consultation will involve asking the public and other stakeholders about the designs which have been shortlisted.

 

Source: The Herald - It's time for grand designs

 

 

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