George Square revamp: Six designs on display

 

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Designs by six short-listed companies taking part in the international competition to redevelop George Square in Glasgow have gone on public display.

The designs, on show at The Lighthouse, will be considered by a judging panel and the winner announced on 18 January.

Four British, one US and one French firm were selected from a total of 35 companies who expressed an interest in the £15m project.

The winner will work with the council on the final design for the square.

Work should begin later this year with phase one complete before the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The winning design will be announced on 18 January

The four British firms on the shortlist are Burns and Nice, Gustafson Porter, JM Architects and John McAslan and Partners.

They are joined by American firm James Corner Field Operations and Agence Ter from France.

The judging panel comprises of David Mackay, MBM Architects Barcelona and Professor Andy McMillan, former head of Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art.

'High calibre'

They are joined by David Harding, former head of Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art, Geoff Ellis, director of DF Concerts and Cllr Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council.

The technical advisor of the panel is Neil Baxter, secretary and treasurer, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

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It is absolutely essential we choose the right team to create a new George Square”

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Cllr Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "The calibre of the six designs is very high and I'm sure whichever design team is chosen, Glaswegians will have a George Square to be proud of again.

"Each bidder has a wealth of international experience and all six have delivered a number of eye-catching civic spaces acclaimed by their peers and public alike.

"This redevelopment is a hugely exciting moment in the growth of the city as Glasgow strives to forge ahead and meet its future challenges."

He added: "It is absolutely essential we choose the right team to create a new George Square - a George Square fit for the 21st Century.

"I look forward to working closely with the winning design team to develop their design and give the people and businesses of Glasgow the George Square they deserve."

Funding of up to £5m will be made available to complete phase one of the revamp before the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The additional £10m will come from a wider retail-led project to regenerate the area around the square, known as the Buchanan Quarter.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 41.

    This money should be spent on trivial things like fixing the pavements in the city so its safe to walk without tripping up. Rail link, decent job investment not reliant on the service industry? No, we have to have our tax spent on revamping the Square again. Picture the disruption to transport this farce will kick up. Utter waste of money. When your flush with cash then you can blow it. I despair.

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    Comment number 40.

    Total lack of green space on these designs. Seems a total waste and I am not sure why it needs to be changed. You always see people sitting in George sq, So clearly its well used, why change something that works?

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    Comment number 39.

    These designs are terrible bring in some grass and greenery much cheaper and wont look out of date in 5-10 years time. Oh and 15 million??
    really?? In times of austerity??? get real!!!

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    Comment number 38.

    £15m is a lot of money!

    How about a referendum for the good people of Glasgow?

    Oh but did Labour not pull the plug on the Aberdeen garden project after there was a referendum & their was a "yes " vote???

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    Comment number 37.

    Surely it's time to get a bit of greenery back into the centre of the "Dear Green Place"? Some gress...sorry, grass, and trees and seated areas for that day in July or August when we can sit in the sun on uor lunch breaks.
    Red Square was a disaster and the Council just looked at boosting their coffers; it's time to give the square back to Glaswegians.

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    Comment number 35.

    None of these designs take into account the fact that Glasgow is, for the best part of the year, a cold, wet City in Northern Europe... water features and a big paddling pool, REALLY!? Also, not one design features a single solitary bench for Glaswegians to take the load off... are the weary, elderly & infirm not welcome in the new Square?

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    Comment number 34.

    @29 The rail link to Glasgow Airport was scrapped by the SNP government

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    Comment number 32.

    I can't believe Glasgow is spending so much money on doing something the people don't want. It's wrong when there are so many areas that need such money such as cycling infrastructure around the city.

    Not to mention the designs listed are truly awful.

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    Comment number 31.

    I marvel at the Labour led beauracracy of this. You spend £15M doing up a place that your own administration spent council defaced only a few years ago at a further cost all the while you let buildings like the beautiful Springburn Public Halls be demolished?

    To boot - these designs are shocking and agree only a reluctant number 6 would even come close. Spend the money where needed. Ask a local

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    Comment number 29.

    The Labour run Glasgow council banged on about a rail link to to the airport for such a long time, would it not be better for them to utilize their cash on this rather than revamping George Square?

    I

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    Comment number 27.

    Agree that big paddling pool idea is a shocker, we don't have the climate for it!! 2 is a bit boring looking but inoffensive, 3 looks like a giant bus stop, 4.agree with earlier comment - whats with the big tent? 5 looks like they forgot the statues and just threw them all in at the last minute which by default makes 6 a reluctant winner. Although water featues? We get enough of that naturally

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    Comment number 26.

    If a really clever design for George square had been put forward then I would have been in favour of that but taking a quick look at these I reckon I could come up with better.
    I agree with a couple of the comments below in that I would rather see the money spent doing up the waterfront. The clydeside needs shops cafes, restaurants and then flats. It could be so nice down there.

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    Comment number 24.

    3 spot on
    Invest in City Centre Riverside, e.g. mixture of restaurant bars, pier for boat trips and a museum of Glasgow history.

    I am sure this could be obtained for £15 000 000 and would provide income and jobs, the square won’t.

    This is another ill thought out labour waste of money, in the face of benefits cuts for our poorest by westminster.

    labour isn't working or thinking!

    MC

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    Comment number 23.

    A complete waste of public funds, leave it as it is. Conncillors take off your blinkers and see the poverty around you, created by countless mismanaged administratations. Use the money to feed and care for the needy, not line the pockets of the already wealthy archetects

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    Comment number 22.

    The designs and multiple images are currently being added to this page on the Glasgow Council web-page:
    http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3411

    There also seems to be a link to a feedback form there.

 

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