The people of Woodside, Firhill and Hamiltonhill are being invited to explore and shape the future of North Glasgow at an exhibition showcasing ideas generated by the local community during a series of design workshops – known as a charrette – last year.
Taking place at Firhill Stadium on the 18th and 19th of May, the exhibition will provide an update on the proposals generated at the charrette, which ranged from the establishment of a local nature reserve and the creation of a heritage hub using former canal-side buildings to the provision of new housing opportunities, and explain how the project partners are taking some of the ideas forward.
Christopher Breslin, Strategic Planning and Design Manager at Scottish Canals, said: “Led by the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership, North Glasgow’s canal corridor is in the midst of a transformation that’s already seen the creation of a flourishing cultural quarter featuring the likes of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; the opening of Scotland’s first urban watersports centre at Pinkston Basin; and the installation of a heritage trail allowing visitors and locals alike to unlock the rich history of the Forth & Clyde.
“This exhibition will showcase the next stage of that ongoing regeneration and the emerging masterplan for the area. I’d encourage anyone who lives, works, studies or runs a business in the area to come along to view the plans and have their say.”
Held over four days last year and supported by technical experts and designers, the sessions saw more than 300 members of the community help generate ideas and proposals to help maximise the tourism, leisure and business opportunities offered by the Forth & Clyde Canal and ensure the long-term future of the local area. A wide range of agencies, community groups and local representatives are involved in shaping and delivering the shared vision, including Glasgow City Council; NHS Scotland; Scottish Canals; Partick Thistle Football Club; Queens Cross Housing Association; Green Exercise Partnership; and Friends of Possilpark Greenspace.
Niall McKinnon, Head of Development at Queens Cross Housing Association, said: “We’re excited to be a partner in these major regeneration proposals and the opportunity to bring much needed housing to our communities. I’m looking forward to the charrette feedback session and hearing local residents’ views about our initial masterplan proposals for Hamiltonhill.”
The charrette approach, which has been championed by the Scottish Government, has already proven successful in unlocking regeneration opportunities across Scotland, with the £2 million revitalisation of Bowling Basin on the Forth & Clyde Canal a recent example.
The exhibition will take place in Partick Thistle’s bar at Firhill Stadium, Firhill Road, between 3.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th May. Full information on the charrette programme and the exhibition can be found at bit.ly/NGcharrette