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New George Square design unveiled ahead of vote by Glasgow City Council

George Square lion

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George Square lion by Myrrien

A plan for the promised facelift of George Square is due for review and approval by Glasgow Council this week.

There’s no mention of any involvement by the architects who were so upset after they won the competition (the STV story does not give any indication as to who is responsible for the new plans), but were dumped when it was clear the people didn’t want the radical changes any of the entries had proposed, despite the architect claiming to have support. The designs – all probably more appropriate for Continental Europe rather than soggy Scotland – were dumped in favour of a facelift, and a degree of restoration of George Square to the way it used to be, when the people were quite happy with it.

Following a botched design competition in January, it was announced the square would undergo a substantial facelift rather than a controversial redevelopment.

The first image of how the civic space could look was released on Saturday, ahead of a report on the first stage of the redesign going to the council’s Executive Committee on Thursday.

Leader of Glasgow City Council Councillor Gordon Matheson said: “The people of Glasgow were very vocal throughout the design competition that they did not want a radical redesign of the square.

“They wanted the statues to remain, the grass to stay and the red tarmac to go. We listened to their views and have responded.

“Work will begin on phase one of the redeveloped square in July and is scheduled to run until September.

“The two grass beds on the western side of the square will be returned, ensuring a greener square at the heart of our city.”

“We are introducing feature lighting to the statues, the Cenotaph and trees within the square.”

A grey surface treatment using epoxy resin, which will replace the current red tarmac, is said to be extremely hard-wearing in icy conditions and should achieve a notable improvement in the appearance of the square.

via New George Square design unveiled ahead of Glasgow City Council vote | News | Glasgow | STV.

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March 18, 2013 - Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , ,

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