04 Dec 2017
Work to deliver the £7.2million Sauchiehall Street Avenue project will begin on 8 January 2018. The project will take place along Sauchiehall Street between Charing Cross and Rose Street.
The Sauchiehall Street Avenue project will see the creation of a multifunctional service verge and two-way cycle lane on the northern side of the street. The pavements will be widened to free up space for pedestrians and licensed tables and chairs on both sides of Sauchiehall Street.
In addition, 28 trees - in a variety of deciduous species, with attractive colours throughout the year - will be planted along the Avenue, along with new bus shelters, cycle stands, seating, smart city infrastructure and improved street lighting.
The project - expected to be complete by summer 2019 - also involves the four streets to the south of Sauchiehall Street between Elmbank Street and Douglas Street. The Sauchiehall Street Avenue will be the first of sixteen such avenues to be created on Glasgow city centre streets in the coming years.
The Sauchiehall Street Avenue project is funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal, and is part of the £115m Enabling Infrastructure Integrated Public Realm programme, known as the Avenues, for Glasgow’s city centre. More information on the programme is available at: https://www.glasgowcitycentrestrategy.com/glasgow-city-centre-city-deal.htm.
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet, said: “The Sauchiehall Street Avenue project will play a key role in the regeneration of one of Glasgow’s most famous streets, one which for generations has been a leading destination for shoppers, workers, students, theatre and concert-goers as well as people visiting bars and restaurants. This project will make the Charing Cross - Rose Street stretch of Sauchiehall Street an even more attractive location and a welcoming gateway to the city centre. The work on the Avenue will improve connections for everyone, especially pedestrians and cyclists, and this greater connectivity will bring economic, environmental and social benefits to all those individuals and organisations who use the area. This is the first example of our new approach to realising the full potential of the city centre and in doing so, create economic growth for all of Glasgow’s people.”
Brian Fulton, chair of the Sauchiehall Street BID (Business Improvement District), said: “This project will breathe new life into a key area of the city. Sauchiehall Street has always been renowned for its plethora of bars, restaurants and nightlife but this £7.2million investment will give it the boost it really needs to make it into a distinguished entertainment destination. While we are eager to see the works get underway, we know that existing businesses in the area will be trading as normal during the construction period. We are committed to working with the council and contractors to keep businesses up to date and informed about the planned works programme and seek to mitigate impacts if they arise.”
Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “The section of Sauchiehall Street which is the focus of the investment programme is one of the main destinations in Glasgow’s night-time economy, and with the right level of care it will be a genuinely distinctive asset to the city. It has its challenges - pavements are ragged, waste bins proliferate, there’s too much street clutter and it has to cope with being a primary gateway for traffic into the city centre. With this investment that will change, and the Avenues is an important project in Glasgow’s new city centre strategy.”
Lianne Bain, General Manager of The Garage Nightclub, said: "Sauchiehall Street is renowned as one of those go to streets when visiting Glasgow. It has art, culture, dining, nightlife and plenty more to offer all year round. It is a street that is so well known, yet can only be properly pronounced if you were brought up in the surrounding areas. Like anything, the area has become slightly run down over the years. Therefore, with works of improvement beginning early next year, it will put that lease of life back in to the street and keep it standing as that vibrant hub to our visiting tourists. As one of the local businesses, we are excited for development to commence as we know it will entice the public to this end of the city centre day and night.”