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Glasgow waterfront developments make progress

Words: Roger Milne
Glasgow’s Custom House Quay / Thomas Nugent

Proposals to underpin the transformation of Glasgow’s Custom House Quay with millions of pounds of city deal funding is making significant progress, the city council was told this week.

In prospect is the redevelopment of a stretch of the Clyde riverfront between Victoria Bridge towards the Clutha Pub with new homes, restaurants and a hotel.

City deal funding of about £25 million would be used to fund the construction of a realigned quay wall and provision of development platforms within a ‘high quality public realm setting’, which would also improve pedestrian and cycle connectivity along the waterfront.

Initial feasibility work has demonstrated that the construction of a new quay wall 20 metres into the river would enable the site to accommodate a mixed-use development that retains public access along the river edge. It would also provide significant public spaces at the axis with Dixon Street and in front of St Andrew’s RC Cathedral.

The next steps for this planned transformation will be the development of design for the proposal and the submission of an application – supported by a masterplan – for planning permission in principle.

Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of the Glasgow City Region cabinet, said: “Custom House Quay is very important both in terms of its location on the riverside in the city centre, close to Buchanan Street and St Enoch Square, and as an attractive development opportunity. City deal funding means that its redevelopment can now take place.”

Meanwhile, in a separate but related move, Expresso Property Ltd revealed that it is finalising its deal with Scottish Enterprise to buy 1A Pacific Quay. The developer plans to build a high-tech business hub providing some 4,645 square metres of ‘grade A’ commercial floor space on the riverfront.

Image credit | Thomas Nugent