It would be an excellent alternative if the stairs at the Royal Concert Hall are taken away. Although I don't think there's much room on Buchanan Street as it is
http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Glasgow-to-get-trams-in.6653335.jpFOR centuries it has been one of Glasgow's great streets, alive to the bustle of shoppers, but in recent years its bright light has dimmed. Now Argyle Street is to be revamped through café culture.
An ambitious new plan to erect a café and a series of shops that will run through the centre of the pedestrianised street in the style of the trams of the past has been granted planning permission by Glasgow City Council.
The two-storey street café as well as seven other market kiosks are set to become a new focus for a street that is perceived as in decline and populated with too many bargain stores. The new look is expected to link the street closer to the city's rebranded 'Style Mile', an area of popular shopping streets around nearby Buchanan Street.
The project will involve replacing old street lighting with brighter winter lights, removing a public toilet and redundant phone boxes and erecting a café with roof terrace and pavement dining facilities.
The design is inspired by the old trams that once travelled along the street. The application for the revamp of the pedestrian section of Argyle Street was unanimously passed by the planning applications committee at Glasgow City Council yesterday. The aim of the revamp is to create a better connection with Buchanan Street.
Glasgow city council leader Gordon Matheson, whose ward takes in Argyle Street, said: "This is an important milestone in the ongoing regeneration of Glasgow's city centre. This project will not only see the physical regeneration of this section of Argyle Street but will help to improve the experience of those people living, working, visiting or shopping in this part of Glasgow.
"The revamp will ensure we continue to cultivate an attitude and look that meets our aspirations for the continual growth of Glasgow's shopping heart by creating a fantastic experience for tourists to visit and locals to enjoy."
In recent years the Argyle Street retailers' Association has complained about a series of issues it believes have contributed to the perception of decline in the street such as lack of winter lighting, poor street lighting and too many pound shops.
The new project was supported by Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce who said: "This latest investment in Glasgow's Style Mile is most welcome given the performance of the city centre is such an absolutely essential component of Glasgow's economic recovery.
"Tremendous strides have been made in regenerating the city centre and establishing Glasgow as one of Europe's must-visit shopping cities.
SHAME OF ‘DISGUSTING’, RAT-INFESTED NO-GO ZONE JUST A SHORT WALK FROM FROM GLASGOW’S STYLE MILE WATERFRONT DISGRACE
23 Feb 2012
NAILS are sticking out, rubbish is piling up and there is a rat infestation – just yards from Glasgow’s Style Mile.
The banks of the River Clyde behind the St Enoch Centre are described as “disgusting” .
The waterfront, just off Clyde Street, is used every day by hundreds of people who sit on the benches or cycle, jog or walk along the bank.
Several plans to regenerate the area – including a £200million proposal for floating restaurants, shops and luxury flats – fell through.
However, the council has now agreed to clean up the area this summer as part of £600,000 of public realm improvements
This is clearly an area in need of considerable attention I have received numerous complaints about the walkway and suspension bridge, where flooding and vandalism have been problems for several years
Its promise came as calls were made to find a long term solution.
One of the most obvious problems in the area is the lack of a proper drainage system, which means rain that hits there has nowhere to go. That lets water build up.
It is something Hector McDonald, a builder who works near the area and walks along it every day, claims is a “death trap”.
The 47-year-old, from Riddrie, said: “The rain means massive puddles – that’s a potential death trap if they freeze and someone slips. I have almost fallen a number of times.”
The seats for the old bandstand are also in a state of disrepair. Wood has dislodged from the concrete, resulting in jagged wood and nails sticking out.Broken bottles, discarded food and other debris are also strewn throughout the walkway.
Mr McDonald added: “It is disgusting and it should be shut on health and safety grounds. I walk down here most days and it is getting worse. It is rat infested because of the amount of rubbish lying around.
“I want to be proud of this city. This place needs to be cleaned up for the people of Glasgow – and because we have the Commonwealth Games coming soon.”
Susan Nicol, general manager of the nearby St Enoch Centre, said the waterfront needed a lot of work.
She said: “We have been in regular talks with Glasgow City Council about the vicinity directly behind the centre and would welcome and support any initiatives it has to change it for the better.
“At such a short distance from Glasgow’s highly regarded Style Mile, this is clearly an area in need of considerable attention.”
THE council owns the bulk of the land around this stretch of Clyde Street, but the area around the bandstand is in the hands of the Santander bank.
Australian tycoon Rodney Price’s multi- million plans to transform the waterfront were scrapped more than two years ago after the developer went bankrupt, with a further proposal also folding because of the recession.
With no private investment on the horizon, the council has agreed to spend £600,000 on basic repair work – including new surfacing, enhanced lighting, reducing the height of walls and the thinning of shrubs – in an attempt to make the space better for public use.
Councillor Craig Mackay, who represents City Centre And Anderston, said he would continue to push for further improvements.
He said: “I have received numerous complaints about the walkway and suspension bridge, where flooding and vandalism have been problems for several years.
“The condition of the walkway is unacceptable, particularly as visitors to the city are naturally drawn to the riverfront.”
MR MACKAY added: “While the area would be revamped as part of any large developments there, several schemes have been proposed and all have failed to materialise.
“Meantime, the area has continued to deteriorate while council departments bounce responsibility between each other.”
Local Labour councillor Philip Bratt said the council must look at “every viable proposal to regenerate this area as we have done along other parts of the riverfront”.
He added: “For any community to feel secure and proud of its living environment, cleanliness must be a priority.
“It is important the area is properly cleared of all refuse and I welcome the public realm improvements.
“However, a long-term solution to this problem will only result from a viable proposal to develop this stretch of the river.”
A council spokeswoman said it would welcome any “positive proposal” that could contribute to the regeneration of the waterfront.
She added: “In the meantime, the council will be investing £600,000 on public realm improvements in the area.”
Didn't the shops burn down not too long ago?Thank god that space is getting sorted out. A temporary park will do just fine until after the Games. I was getting concerned that there was nothing happening with the site and there was no sign of a mystery fire either...
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