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Glasgow’s High Street revival project is gathering pace

I’ve mentioned the recent  initiative to bring the area around Glasgow’s High Street back into use.

The street has always been something of a notional boundary where the city comes to an end, and commercial properties become domestic accommodation. Many years ago it was more industrial, with warehouses and factories, but these have all gone, leaving deserted areas, or if they survived, lived on as conversion to flats. Some became shops, but many of those closed as the area became quieter in recent years, and were never reoccupied.

You can now read more on the High Street Area Strategy, running from 2019 to 2023, here:

High Street Area Strategy 2019-2023

And, some of the first shop units are ready to be occupied.

A new project, which will see 11 vacant shop units on Glasgow’s historic High Street and Saltmarket transformed into interim/temporary spaces – most of which are for the creative industries – was launched 26th June.

The Meanwhile Space project aims to increase the vitality of areas by generating footfall and supporting new and growing businesses. The initiative, one of 26 exciting projects planned as part of Glasgow City Council’s High Street Area Strategy (HSAS), by City Property Glasgow (Investments) and Glasgow City Council. It is also part of the Council’s Space for Growth strategy, which will see several long term vacant shop units transformed into temporary creative spaces.

The initiative, which has already seen success in London and Paris, is part of the HSAS plans to revitalise the area, helping to develop creative organisations and creating jobs while also supporting inclusive economic growth across Glasgow. Moreover, making units will help to support and grow a thriving local community.

New MEANWHILE USE Spaces Open on St Andrews Street

Saltmarket From St Andrews Street

Saltmarket From St Andrews Street

Some of the first tenants include:

SOGO – Sogo is a Scottish based bi-annual lifestyle and arts magazine, which promotes and provides a platform for Scottish creative industries and communities. They intend to design a programme of Art and Artists events throughout the year commencing with the launch a major retrospective photography exhibition by the work of David Pratt.

WASPS – Based in Glasgow, Wasps is the UK’s largest non-profit studio provider for artists, offering affordable workspaces in 19 locations across Scotland, currently supporting 900 creative tenants. They intend to continue this support by utilising Meanwhile Space to support activities in which creators can prosper.

New Glasgow Society – The New Glasgow Society (NGS) is a civic society promoting, protecting and raising interest in the City of Glasgow, through campaigning, discussion, projects, talks and exhibitions. They intend to continue this work throughout their Meanwhile Space tenancy.

TRACTion Cancer Support – TRACTion Cancer Support aims to raise awareness of, and support patients with, ADT (Aero Digestive Tract) Cancers (e.g. lips, mouth, tongue, nose, throat, vocal chords and windpipe). The charity has been set up by cancer specialists who recognised the growing need for targeted ADT Cancer support in Scotland. They intend to use the space to continue this work in supporting patients with ADT.

Meanwhile Space arrives in Glasgow

There’s more on the beginning of this project here:

Glasgow City Council has approved a new High Street Area Strategy to breathe new life into vacant shops in the historic heart of the city.

The new project will see 11 empty shop units on Glasgow’s historic High Street and Saltmarket transformed into temporary spaces to be used by the city’s creative industry.

It follows years of debate on the city’s medieval quarter – home to 6,000 people and including attractions like the Barras, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Green, the Necropolis, Provand’s Lordship and the Tolbooth Steeple – being “left to ruin” .

Vacant shops to be transformed into temporary creative spaces on historic High Street and Saltmarket

And here:

ELEVEN shop units in Glasgow’s historic High Street, St Andrews Street and Saltmarket areas are being turned into temporary creative and enterprise spaces.

The Meanwhile Space project aims to enhance the vitality of the neighbourhoods by increasing footfall and supporting new and growing businesses. The first of these, the New Glasgow Society, an art gallery, moved in last month, with all of the other units to be occupied shortly.

The initiative, one of 26 being delivered as part of Glasgow City Council’s High Street Area Strategy (HSAS) and is being delivered by City Property Glasgow (Investments).

CREATIVE Solution To Empty Shops In Glasgow’s Historic Heart

Saltmarket

Saltmarket towards High Street

It must be working – St Andrew Street has already gained a new mural in the past few days 🙂

St Andrews Street Mural

St Andrews Street Mural

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17/07/2019 - Posted by | Civilian, council | , ,

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