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A New Vision and Plan for Glasgow's 'Golden Z'

New sessions have been announced to participate in Glasgow City Council's consultation on a new plan for the city centre.

Glasgow City Council is currently progressing the production of a new Vision and Plan for the City Centre’s iconic ‘Golden Z’ at the heart of Glasgow City Centre. The project is funded by the Scottish Government’s City Centre Recovery Fund and will complete at the end of March 2023.

The City Council appointed a consultant team in November 2022 – comprising Stantec (UK), Threesixty Architecture and Kevin Murray Associates – to engage stakeholders in a collaborative process to reimagine the future of the’ Golden Z’ and co-produce an ambitious new Vision and Plan that will unlock its potential to better serve all who visit, live and work there.

The first stakeholder workshops were held on 5th December 2022, with representation from landowners, businesses, residents, agencies, institutions, investors, developers and elected community representatives. A report of the workshop will soon be available. The following two sessions are now planned.

A New Life for Glasgow’s ‘Golden Z’

  1. Public Ideas Drop-in Session - 24th January 2023 - 11am until 6.30pm - The Lighthouse

A wider opportunity for stakeholders to drop in and contribute their ideas on the future of the Golden Z. Visitors will be able to view maps and diagrams displaying some of the issues and ideas already recorded and add their own views. The exhibition will be in the ground floor of The Lighthouse and people can drop in at any time during 11am and 6.30pm. The session will be staffed to enable discussion.

Please advertise this session publicly through you networks.

2. Areas of Focus Workshops - 2nd February - choice of 2 sessions: 9am-12pm OR 2pm-5pm - The Lighthouse

These workshops will look in greater detail at development options for buildings and spaces across the Golden Z, including three ‘Areas of Focus’ that are suffering particular stress, namely: the former ABC site/Glasgow school of Art on Sauchiehall Street; the former BHS / vacant former Victoria’s site on Sauchiehall Street, and the environs of the former TJ Hughes on Argyle Street/Trongate. An invitation (with an Eventbrite registration link) will follow for landowners, businesses, residents, agencies, institutions, investors, developers and community representatives with an interest in these areas.

The new Vision and Plan will establish a shared and renewed regeneration direction for the ‘Golden Z’ and will identify priorities for intervention and investment, by the public and private sectors, to further stimulate its economic recovery and support longer term economic, social and environmental resilience. The project is overseen by Glasgow’s City Centre Task Force, co-Chaired by Councillor Angus Millar and Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.


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