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Discussion Starter · #261 ·
I always felt the original steps that led up to the St Enoch centre from the Square were a big deterent, they replaced it with a ramp recently which made it slightly better for entrance... but still i found that while i was in retailing in the city centre that the joe public do not want to climb any stairs to enter in to any building, i looked at a premises in the city centre which i felt had huge retail potential...when consulting with the professional bodies on its feasibilty they came back and surveyd it as a gamble because of the steps leading up to the main entrance.

The new plans for the Sq i feel are a lot better and user friendly even the ramps that have been put in place look unsightly and unwelcoming IMO.

An Entrance directly from the Underground station directly would have been a good bonus... who knows it might still come in to practice there still is time to alter plans as time goes on.

Overall the new entrance @ the corner of St Enoch Sq and Argyle St will be good for the General Public with flat surfaces leading up to west entrance with external seating areas and cafes to enjoy your day. :)


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Discussion Starter · #262 ·
This is in the east end thread, i felt it should also be in the Public realm thread as well.

Studies are being carried out to enhance and revamp Bridgeton Cross, the umberela had been negleted over the years unitll a recent paint job, the cross is badly needing a revamp and a public realm strategy put in place asap.

Austin Smith Lord are the body doing the feasibilty.

****** i notice your name in the credits for this project anything to add or elaborate on this scheme /project ?


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Discussion Starter · #263 ·
This PR scheme is in for planning. :)

Item 1 L

08/00827/DC DATE VALID
Site On Walkway At St Andrews Church On St Andrews Square Glasgow

PROPOSAL Insertion of 18 sets of decorative paving stones

John K Clark
11A Maxwell Drive Glasgow G41 5DR

09, Calton COMMUNITY
02_037, Calton/Bridgeton
Central Area

Affecting a Conservation Area/Listed Building
PUBLISHED 18 April 2008

John K Clark has a project called Wee Folk Dancing. A luvly wee project for the sq. :)

This project called ”Wee Folk Dancing”, is a concept to create a series of sandblasted sandstone inlays surrounding the former church, St. Andrews in the Square.


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Discussion Starter · #264 ·
As above this scheme is now being brought in to fruition, hopefullt this will be the start of regenerating Bridgeton X. :)

APPLICATION TYPE Full Planning Permission
RECOMMENDATION Grant Subject to Condition(s)

Item 1A ( 5 pages )

APPLICATION 08/00919/DC DATE VALID 24.04.2008

SITE ADDRESS Site Incorporating Shelter At Bridgeton Cross Glasgow

PROPOSAL Use of bandstand and ground as weekly open air market

APPLICANT Glasgow City Council Markets Group 130 Blochairn Road

Glasgow G21 2DU AGENT

WARD NO(S) 09, Calton COMMUNITY COUNCIL 02_037, Calton/Bridgeton


ADVERT TYPE Bad Neighbour Development PUBLISHED

2 May 2008 CITY PLAN

The application site is the paved area surrounding and including the ‘A’ listed bandstand at Bridgeton Cross.
The proposal would see the operation of a market to operate on one day a week operating between 08:00 to
18:00 hours on a week day. The indicative drawings indicate in the region of 22 stalls to be located on the
paved area surrounding the bandstand. The applicant has indicated that no vehicles would be parked on site
and that there was no requirement for power to be provided for the stalls.

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Discussion Starter · #265 ·
Thursday 30 October 2008

Glasgow considers plan to install temporary parks on vacant sites
A motion by Bailie Dr Nina Baker, supported by Councillor Philip Braat, to provide short term public green space on vacant development sites in Glasgow was passed at today's (30 October) Glasgow City Council meeting.

The global financial situation has put a small number of developments in Glasgow on hold, and Bailie Baker’s motion proposed that the Council works with site and property owners, to lay grass on vacant ground to provide short term public green space on the sites until development conditions improve.

Bailie Baker said: “Although there is a substantial amount of new development activity underway in the city, it is recognised that the current financial downturn will put a number of planned projects on temporary hold. This is regrettable, but entirely understandable given current market conditions.

Some developments will be delayed, undeveloped sites will be fenced off and buildings awaiting redevelopment lie empty until market conditions improve. In the meantime, it is important that Glasgow presents a good environment to residents, visitors and potential investors.

“The Council’s City Plan 2 encourages the use of vacant and derelict land as temporary greenspace. I am delighted that the Council has resolved to work with site and property owners to temporarily landscape vacant sites to create simple and well-maintained grassed areas that will be open to the public, and also to use empty buildings’ windows for displays of Glasgow’s commercial, innovation, art and design capabilities.”

Councillor Philip Braat, one of Bailie Baker's co-councillors in the Anderston / City multi-member ward, supported the motion at the Council meeting. This was agreed to be a practical workable solution and a number of potential sites in the city have been identified.

Councillor Philip Braat said: "While Glasgow is well-placed to resist the worst of the global credit situation, it must be recognised that nowhere will be immune to its effects. This motion will help improve our city environment and will also encourage empty buildings to make suitable window space available to our universities and colleges to display student work and research projects. We should be clear that these green spaces will be short term in nature, and will be redeveloped as market conditions improve."

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Discussion Starter · #266 ·
Art Park Bellahouston
An open competition for a new Art Park run by House for an Art Lover, the brief called for imaginative but realistic concepts for structures or installations to be set within the landscape at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow. 14 entries were received from which three proposals were chosen to develop with the intent of building one a year from 2006 – 2008, each for a budget of £100,000.

The scheme “Grass Roots”, created by by Gordon Gibb, Alasdair Tooze and Scott Young of Gareth Hoskins Architects, looks at the current routes through the park whilst reflecting on the city’s industrial trade growth of bygone centuries. The installation takes the form of a line through the park, passing through the remains of Bellahouston House, which also acts as a fulcrum for the design.

Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Client: House for an Art Lover
Value: £100,000
Completion: 2008
Awards: Scottish Design Awards,
Proposed Place Making Award - Shortlisted


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Discussion Starter · #267 ·

Implementing the City Plan: Policy RES 3 – Greenspace Reserve Fund Progress

Purpose of Report:

To provide the Committee with an update on income, expenditure and the current balance in relation to the RES 3 Greenspace Reserve Fund.


It is recommended that Committee notes the contents of this report.


1.1 Policy RES 3: Residential Greenspace Standards has been in operation since the
adoption of City Plan 1 in August 2003. Its purpose is to encourage the provision of
recreational greenspace, (ie amenity greenspace, children’s play areas or outdoor
sports facilities, as part of new residential development).
1.2 The Council’s preference is for greenspace to be provided within the development.
Where this is not possible or appropriate, the developer may make a financial
contribution to the Council in lieu of part, or all, of this obligation. These contributions
are held by DRS in a ring-fenced fund known as the Greenspace Reserve, and must be
spent on new or enhanced greenspace facilities on Council owned land.

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Discussion Starter · #268 ·
Item 16

Mansfield Park

Proposed Disposal to Friends of Mansfield Park Limited​

Purpose of Report:

To advise Members of a proposal to transfer ownership of Mansfield Park to the Friends of
Mansfield Park Ltd subject to conditions, to meet the funding criteria of the Big Lottery.

It is recommended that the Committee

(a) Agrees to sell the site at Mansfield Park to the Friends of Mansfield Park Ltd for £1
(One Pound Sterling), subject to all funding being in place to complete the project.
(b) Notes that the transfer of ownership is required to meet the grant funding criteria of
the Big Lottery (Growing Community Assets Programme).
(c) Notes that appropriate safeguards will be put in place to ensure that, in the event of
the Friends of Mansfield Park ceasing to trade the land would either revert to the
ownership of the Council or, subject to Council approval, to another appropriate

1. Committee has considered two reports on the proposals by the Friends of Mansfield Park
Ltd (‘The Friends’) to refurbish Mansfield Park to create a high quality inner city “pocket
• On 24 August 2005 the Committee agreed to lease the Park to the Friends for 25 years
at an annual rental of £1
• On 26 September 2007 the Committee agreed to amended lease terms which
extended the length of the lease to the Friends to 99 years at an annual rental of £1 per
2 When the Committee approved the report on 26 September 2007 the provision of a long
lease was acceptable to the Big Lottery, which is one of the main funders of the project.
The Big Lottery has however changed its funding criteria and, since February 2008, it has
increasingly limited its grant funding to projects where the particular Community Group
undertaking the project (in this case the Friends) either owns the land or property
necessary for the project, or had a “clear route to ownership”.
3. As a result of this change in the Lottery Funding criteria, the Executive Committee
approved a report on 27 June 2008 recommending that the Council should favourably
consider transferring ownership of land and properties to properly constituted Community
Groups where all of the funding was in place to implement the project concerned AND
where the lottery made it clear that the ownership of the land or property by the Community
Group concerned was a condition of Lottery Funding.
4. The Friends have completed the development of proposals for the second (and final) phase
of the Mansfield Park Regeneration Project, and funding of £1.4 million (approximately) is
being sought from a number of sources. This includes the HAR Wider Action Fund, the
Robertson Trust, Gulbenkian Foundation, Social Investment Scotland, 3RD Sector
Enterprise, and the Fairer Scotland Fund. An application has now been submitted
(14 November) to the Big Lottery (Growing Community Assets Programme) for a capital
grant of £696,000. A decision will be made on this application in February 2009.
5 During the discussions between the Friends and the Big Lottery, the Lottery have indicated
that this grant application will only be considered if the Friends have ownership of the site,
or have the commitment of the Council to transfer ownership of the site prior to the project
being completed. In order to avoid any further delays in implementing the project, and the
risk of losing other funds for the project, it is proposed that the Committee agrees to
transfer ownership of the Mansfield Park (see attached plan) to the Friends.
6 The policy on Big Lottery funding approved by Committee on 27 June allows sites and
properties to be sold to the relevant Community Organisation at market value, with the
proceeds of the sale being returned to the Community Organisation in the form of a grant
which can be utilised as match funding for the Lottery Grant itself. In the case of this
project the land concerned is currently in use as permanent open space and does not
therefore have any development potential or any significant land value. It is proposed,
therefore, that the Council transfer ownership for to the Friends of Mansfield Park for £1.
The transfer would be conditional on the Friends confirming that all of the funding is in
place to complete the capital works proposed.
7 Appropriate safeguards will also be put in place to ensure that, in the event of the
organisation ceasing to trade the land would either revert to the ownership of the Council
or, subject to Council approval, another appropriate body.


Financial: The site has no development value.
Legal: The Council will convey Mansfield Park to the Friends of Mansfield Park
Personnel: None.
Service Plan: The proposals are in line with DRS Service Plan priority on Environmental
Improvement and Community Development.
Environmental: The project will complete the refurbishment of Mansfield Park.

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Yes, I noticed that as well driving past it. A very similar surface to Gordon St. I can only think of a couple of reasons: They are going to restore the whole of Glasgow with a high quality surface (which I doubt) The other thought, since it's beside the bowling greens that will be used for the Commonwealth Games, could this be the first bit of physical preperation by the council?

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Discussion Starter · #274 ·
Didn't realize AMAZE had actualy been built and opend up. must take a trip up there to see what its all about

Jm Architects

The Maze in Bellashousten park also opened in 2008. This was part of the Speculative Architecture programme in Bellahousten Park for the House for an Art Lover which has also involved Gareth Hoskins Architects and Gross Max.

Architects Journal

Here's a truly 'amazing' scheme from JM Architects – the labyrinth at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow.
The maze, a competition-winning scheme from 2005, will sit at the heart of the art park between the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed House for an Art Lover, the Palace of Art (built for the 1938 Empire Exhibition) and the ruins of Dumbreck House.

According to the practice, the design of the triangular, wedged-shaped labyrinth 'took its inspiration from the writing of Lewis Carroll.'

The project is due to commence on site in April and is expected to complete in late summer

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Discussion Starter · #275 ·
Wonder if the concept of interactive bus stops will catch on in other formats...on saying that will the neds let them exist ?

Architects Journal

Cadbury’s Splat the Egg campaign, various bus shelters, London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and York


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Discussion Starter · #277 ·
Turned out nice didn't it. :)

Originally constructed in 1864 by engineer John Kibble at his home in Coulport, Kibble Palace was dismantled and shipped up the Clyde in 1873, where it was rebuilt and presented to the Royal Botanic Institution. Today it houses an extensive collection of plants and ferns from across the globe.

The project to renovate Kibble Palace involved completely dismantling the structure to allow for repairs and conservation before the panels could be reassembled. Part of the restoration will include removing the badly corroded steel frames and replacing them with iron.

In addition to restoring the exterior, a new building management system was introduced and the floor arrangement modified to allow better access to the greenhouse. The greenhouse itself utilises the most sustainable and energy efficient systems available, including biomass heat generation and rainwater harvesting to help water the many hundreds of rare plants within the palace


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Discussion Starter · #278 ·

We are delighted to announce this project that seeks to create new points of interest in Glasgow’s parks through the use of public art and architecture. Project for Parks is an ambitious and significant collaboration between The Common Guild and The Lighthouse, supported by the Scottish Arts Council, working with acclaimed visual artist Phil Collins and architects Caruso St John to create the first in a series of new, temporary structures in urban parkland and programmes of events to take place within them.

The project will take place in one of Glasgow's parks, with structures and events open to the public from May to August 2010. Further details will be announced soon.

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City fountain is set to flow once more

WORK will start tomorrow on bringing a historic Glasgow fountain back to life.

More than £500,000 will be spent restoring the Stewart Memorial Fountain in Kelvingrove Park in the West End.

As part of the work, an underground water recycling system will be installed which will allow the fountain to operate in a sustainable way for the first time in its long history.

Until now the fountain has been fed from the mains supply, and drained into the River Kelvin, which was not environmentally friendly.

The Stewart Memorial Fountain was built in 1872 to commemorate Robert Stewart who was Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1851 until 1854.

He fought to secure a supply of clean, fresh drinking water for the city from Loch Katrine.

The A-listed fountain, which is a focal point of the park, has been out of action for several years and has suffered repeated vandalism.

Lord Provost Bob Winter said: "Bringing Glasgow's existing fountains back to their former glory is no mean feat.

"These marvellous structures were once an outward show of our wealth and we want Glaswegians to be proud of them again.

"I'm sure this restoration will enable citizen and tourist alike to once again appreciate and admire this important, iconic landmark."

The restoration is being funded by the city council, Glasgow City Heritage Trust, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Water.

Work on the fountain is being carried out by long-established Glasgow firm Hunter and Clark and is expected to take at least four months to complete.

It involves the cleaning and repairing of stonework, remedial and renewal work to sculptures and drains, installing an underground water recycling system and a new waterproof lining to the water basins.

Gerry McAllister, Scottish Water's technical liaison manager for Glasgow, said: "Scottish Water is delighted to have been able to help with the restoration of the fountain, which commemorates one of the most forward-thinking figures in the history of Glasgow's water supply.

"It is very appropriate that this restoration includes a recycling system, which is also forward-thinking in terms of our improved use of water."

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scotland, said: "Once restored the incredible craftsmanship of this fountain, and the story behind it, will be better known by everyone.

"We are delighted the project will let local people become involved and learn more about the fascinating history of this iconic landmark."

The Friends of Kelvingrove Park and Woodlands and Park Community Council were both involved in putting together the Lottery funding application.

Over the past few years the city council has worked to restore historic fountains across the city.

Previous projects include the restoration and relocation of the Doulton Fountain on Glasgow Green.

The 120-year old fountain was dismantled piece by piece and taken away by restoration experts.

It is now the centre-piece of the civic area created at the front of the Green's famous People's Palace.

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Discussion Starter · #280 ·
Item 6

15th June 2009


Purpose of Report:
To update Committee on the progress of the options appraisal study for Springburn Park and report initial outcomes.

Committee is asked to note the content of the report.

1. Introduction
1.1 Glasgow Building Preservation Trust (GBPT) was engaged in March 2008 to carry out a study
in Springburn Park to investigate the future of the Winter Gardens, Mosesfield House, and the
wider context of the entire park.
The purpose of the study was twofold; to explore the opportunities to improve and develop
Springburn Park in its entirety for the benefit of the local community, including the use of
Mosesfield House and the sports and recreational facilities, and to examine the opportunities
for the future development of the derelict Winter Gardens and Walled Garden.
In addition to this, GBPT was asked to investigate the provision of a new building within the
park which would support and encourage community recreational use, and include provision
for the bowling clubs within the park.
1.2 Along with GBPT as main consultants, the project team included:
• Ian White Associates (landscape assessment of the park)
• Page/Park Architects
• EKOS (economic analysis, business planning, key stakeholder consultation)
• Gardiner & Theobald (cost consultants)
• Jacobs Engineers (structural engineers)
It should be noted that some of the above organisations have contributed considerably more
resources to this project than were originally costed for, at no additional cost to the Council.
The original timescale for the completion of the report was autumn 2008, but the complex nature
of the report and the consultation carried out meant that the final draft was not delivered to Land and
Environmental Services until the end of March 2009. Land and Environmental Services await the final
business planning parts of the report to enable completion.
2. Process
2.1 The first stage of the study evaluated the park as a whole, its context and community
aspirations for the park.
2.2 The next stage involved addressing the bowling facilities and establishing how they could be
developed further to align with community and bowling club users’ aspirations through a new
proposed pavilion provision in the park.
2.3 The third stage focused on two key historic buildings – the Winter Gardens and Mosesfield
House – establishing their condition, repairs required and potential end use.
2.4 The fourth stage was community and stakeholder consultation to establish what may be the
desirable priorities. The consultation was carried out on 7 and 10 November 2008 in Glasgow
North Conference Centre, Ayr Street. On 7 November, the consultation was open from
1.30 pm until 5.00 pm, and on 10 November, it was open from 1.30 pm until 8.00 pm.
2.5 The final stage brought the findings of all of the above together and integrated detailed
evaluations and costs where relevant.
3. Key Findings
3.1 Springburn Park
A landscape assessment of the park has been carried out. Proposals for the landscape
development of the park are significant but achievable. They include:
• rationalisation of the tree and shrub cover to allow views of the park and the city, and
make space accessible and useable
• distinction between vehicular and pedestrian access
• creation of a new main entrance adjacent to the hospital
• incorporating the existing ponds into a new water feature, around the main entrance
• opening up some elements of the barriers around the bowling greens, Mosesfield House
and recreational space, creating a central ‘plaza’
• responding to the context of the surrounding environment – hospital, transportation links
and routes, links to other community spaces.
It is hoped that, following discussion with the Area Management team, a programme of
improvement works can be started in the coming months.
3.2 Springburn Winter Gardens
Local people feel strongly that the dereliction of the Winter Gardens is the main detractor of
the park, and would wish to see it restored.
• the building is Category A listed which emphasises national level significance to Scotland
• Several uses have been explored in the study, and these could possibly be further
developed. However, the conclusion is that the building should be repaired to a formal
glasshouse and uses could include a national and international events space, retail, plant
collections, play area
• development may be on a part community, part commercial basis
• the walled gardens adjacent to the Winter Gardens should become an
allotments/community garden site
• the estimated construction cost of repair and refurbishment is £4.67 million
3.3 Mosesfield House
The building is of major significance predating the park.
• it is Category B listed
• the building is largely intact and requires careful conservation repairs
• there are a number of possible uses for the building, dependant on the development plan
for the entire park, and relocation of the existing users within the park
• uses could include community education and social use, conferences, office space,
• the construction cost for the proposed refurbishment is £2.3 million
3.4 Community Recreation Pavilion
The consultants were asked to look at the issue of accommodation for the various bowling
clubs and the potential to create a new community recreation pavilion at the bowling club site,
which would integrate all the bowling clubs. During the course of the study, the
accommodation issue for Stobhill Bowling Club has moved past occupation of an integrated
building, and work is currently underway to fund a stand alone building for Stobhill Bowling
Club on this site.
Notwithstanding this, the consultants have put forward a proposal for a building which could
be delivered in phases according to need or resources.
The construction cost for all phases which would include bowling club accommodation for
Stobhill Bowling Club and the other four public clubs playing from Springburn Park, attendant
space, community space (which could accommodate the workers club currently in Mosesfield
House, kitchen, public indoor and outdoor seating, and public toilets is £2.3million. The
construction cost for one bowling pavilion is £595,180.
4. The next stage
A business plan for Mosesfield House is currently being drawn up based on community usage.
GBPT are currently working on a prioritised delivery plan, recommending which elements of the work should be carried out and in what order in the event that funding is available.
GBPT has identified potential funders, although no firm commitment has been received as yet for funding for any element of this work. If proposals are to be taken forward, discussions will have to take place with a number of potential funders and a funding package will have to be put in place.

4 JUNE 2009

Springburn Park was created in 1892 when the Corporation of Glasgow purchased land at the top of Balgrayhill, chiefly from the owners of Old Mosesfield House and Cockmuir House. There was an old quarry at one corner of the land, and this was formed into a rock garden.

Other features of the park were the rustic bridge, the winter gardens, the bandstand, the boating pond and the cricket pitch. Although the bandstand is long gone, and the winter gardens are in a state of dereliction, work has been done on the park in recent years including the restoration of the rockery, the only reminder that Springburn was once a mining and quarrying area.

The park has also accommodated a weather station since 1896, with official reports being sent to the Meteorological Office in Edinburgh since 1913. However, cutbacks in staff saw the staff replaced by an automatic climate data logger in 1993.

Source: Glasgow City Archives
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