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George Square design contest attracting builders

16 October 2012 No Comment

A £15 million overhaul of George Square is being put out to tender by Glasgow City Council, reports architectsjournal.co.uk.

A design-led, multi-disciplinary team is being earmarked by the council to polish up the city’s key civic square in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, according to stv.tv, council leader Gordon Matheson believes that the space needed a ‘tidy up anyway’, regardless of the upcoming Games.


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Glasgow’s George Square is rich in history


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While the square is rich in history, the council are looking to turn the area into a place ‘fit for the 21st century’ by giving the square a wholesale re-examination of its ‘image’.


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Furthermore, the statues of Walter Scott and Robert Burns could be moved as a result of the overhaul to allow for ‘wider enjoyment and interpretation’. But, the square’s cenotaph will not be moved in any capacity, which sustainable construction firms should bear in mind when outlining plans.

To become Glasgow’s primary urban space


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The tender notice said:

“The re-design must reinforce the role of George Square as Glasgow’s primary urban space by celebrating the creativity of the city and its people, creating a day and night environment in which the citizens of Glasgow and visitors alike are able to socialise freely, providing a context in which a range of organised activities, large and small can occur during all seasons, creating an urban space of outstanding design quality [and] creating a world class tourist destination.”

Author: Ashley Curtis    Date Written: 15 October 2012

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