In terms of architectural column inches and chatter, Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games and its related developments may be currently edging it. However it may not have escaped the attention of the city’s visitors (and residents) that the development of the Games site in the city’s East End is by no means taking place in splendid isolation. In fact Glasgow is mid-way through one of the largest inner city regeneration programmes in Europe.
The Clyde Gateway project, around which the new Athletes’ Games Village, National Indoor Sports Arena (NISA) and Sir Chris Hoy Velodromw is currently unfolding, will see the historic yet in many ways blighted communities of Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Parkhead, Rutherglen and Shawfield undergo massive change. Under the auspices of the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company, and channelling investment from the public and private sectors, the major regeneration project will see the creation of new infrastructure, offices and workspaces, and housing in a bid to not only revitalise the area but also, over time, reverse the decline in population. The construction of the five-mile extension of the M74 and a new road known as the East End Regeneration Route – scheduled for completion in 2011 – will also change the physical look of the communities.
Heading west from the Clyde Gateway a number of major, and more modest, developments are also incrementally re-connecting the East End back to the City Centre. Collegelands, a £200m development, believed to be the largest new start regeneration project in the UK during 2009/10, and comprising more than 1,100,000 square feet of commercial and residential development, aims to create a gateway to Glasgow’s East End from the High Street and Duke street. The parallel Gallowgate thoroughfare is also undergoing its own lower key transformation and revitalisation thanks in no small part to the considerable efforts of the Molendinar Housing Association.
To the West of the city centre, two ‘starchitectural’ projects are also set to up the ante in terms of the city’s cultural and leisure profile. Zaha Hadid’s Museum of Transport, on the banks of the Clyde, already strikes a skyline spectacle, before the exhibits are even in; and within waving distance, Foster and Partner’s new National Arena of Scotland aims to provide the city with a state of the art concert and performance experience.
www.scottisharchitecture.com takes a trip around Glasgow’s East End developments, and ventures further afield, to offer a glimpse into what the city will hold for residents and visitors alike when it becomes a huge focus of international attention during the 2014 Games.
Collegelands. Image: Page\Park
Moore Street. Image: Andrew Lee
South Dennistoun Neighbourhood Centre. Image: Andrew Lee
Olympia Theatre. Image: Page\Park
Tullis Gardens. Image: Austin-Smith: Lord
Shettleston Housing Association Offices. Image: Andrew Lee
Glasgow Museum of Transport. Image: Zaha Hadid Architects
National Arena of Scotland. Image: Foster and Partners
Top Image: Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athlete’s Village Masterplan by RMJM