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Glasgow: Heart of the deal

Words: Simon Wicks
Glasgow city centre

In 2014, Glasgow City Region became the first outside England to negotiate a city deal, with the UK and Scottish governments. Over six articles looking at the deal itself and some of the key projects that it's funding, Simon Wicks considers how Glasgow City Region dealing with the city's industrial past and creating a platform for transformation

Glasgow: City deal analysis

Here's how £1.13 billion is being spent to literally dig into the heart of Glasgow city region and quicken its transformation from post-industrial to 21st century city. Read more...



Project: Second sight

Sighthill used to be a chemical works and its soil is heavily polluted with the notoriously toxic 'galligu'. But it's being cleaned up for a development that will open 50 hectares to development just a 15 minute walk from the commercial heart of Glasgow. Read more...


Project: On the road again

Once a steelworks , Ravenscraig is a 455-acre site in North Lanarkshire which could house homes, workplaces, leisure facilties and public parks. But there's only one road in. Here's how roadbuilding is unlocking Scotland's largest development site. Read more...


Project: Quest for knowledge

The land next to Glasgow City Airport is perfect for a hi-tech business park. But, bordered by two rivers and a runway, it's very poorly connected to surrounding communuties, the city and even the airport itself. City deal funding is building the bridges that will connect businesses with some of Scotland's most deprived comunities. Read more...


Project: Smart thinking

Glasgow is a city built on water. Unfortunately, this means it's very prone to flooding - which in turn means that hundreds of hectares of well-located land is undevelopable. Or is it? What if you could use digital technology to manage waterflow through the city and take away the risk of flooding? Read more...


Reflections on a river

Simon Wicks walks west along the River Clyde from Glasgow city centre in the company of city planners and ponders the challenges – and opportunities – the riverside presents. Read more...



Photos | iStock (main), Getty Images, Glasgow City Council, Ravenscraig Ltd, Renfrewshire Council,