Austin-Smith: Lord Designs Garden to Cover Glasgow Freeway


Austin-Smith: Lord acted as a consultant on a Glasgow City Council project to reconfigure transport routes and the public realm in the city’s Charing Cross area.

This would involve creating green space above the freeway between Sauchiehall Street and Bath Street to reconnect the city center with the West End.

The council says the ‘green ceiling’ would also connect to the Avenues scheme, a separate £115m scheme to revamp 17 streets and surrounding areas of Glasgow, and the Connecting Woodside active travel scheme.

Mott MacDonald led the team on the feasibility study alongside Urban Movement engineering and transport planners.

Architect and town planner Graham Ross, Managing Director of Austin-Smith:Lord, said: ‘The study confirms the positive benefits and technical feasibility of constructing a garden ceiling on the M8 motorway at Charing Cross . Alongside improvements to the public realm and streetscape, the Garden Ceiling would help transform a central location in the center of Glasgow.

“If delivered, the proposal would create new green and public spaces and significantly improve walking and cycling connections to important destinations in Glasgow’s city center and West End.”

The outline design is one of seven bids, one per constituency, being prepared by the council to be submitted by July 6 for the second funding call to the £4.8billion Leveling Fund sterling from the British government.

The other six are a refurbishment of the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, the separate regeneration of the town centers of Drumchapel, Easterhouse and Maryhill and Possilpark, and new infrastructure to create better connections between Govan and the town centre, the SEC and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

The council says each of the seven projects are “potentially deliverable” by the end of 2025 if bids are successful.

Councilor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Ambitious new bids to be submitted to the Leveling Up Fund offer the opportunity to deliver a range of real economic, environmental and social benefits to local communities or the city. at large.

“There are very good arguments in favor of these offers, each of which would make a difference for Glasgow.”

Under the fund’s rules, each project must have a maximum value of £20m, although the council is expected to submit a large-scale transport bid worth between £20m and £50m.

The first round of the Leveling Up Fund has supported £1.7bn of projects in over 100 local areas in the UK.

Glasgow City Council has secured £13.05million to restore and redevelop the A-listed yard and stables, and sawmill, at Pollok Country Park. The project, which is ongoing, includes the creation of a zero-carbon heritage center and a Clydesdale horse-themed community and tourist attraction.

The second round of the fund uses the same investment themes as the first: local transport projects; regeneration of the city center and shopping streets; and support for the maintenance and expansion of cultural and heritage assets.


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