- Glasgow Harbour
Glasgow Harbour is an urban regeneration scheme at
Partickin the city of Glasgow, Scotland.
After many years of dereliction caused by the decline of shipbuilding and the migration of Glasgow's docks to the
Firth of Clyde, since the mid 1980s, the banks of the River Clydeat Glasgow have become a focus for property developers. Mirroring the Docklands scheme in London, the old docks, and sites of old granaries, wharves and shipyards in Glasgow are being redeveloped into up-market residential apartments, office complexes and leisure facilities.
The earliest developments were the
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre(SECC) at the former Queen's Dock in 1985, and the Glasgow Garden Festivalat the former Prince's Dock in 1988, which demonstrated the potential of the riverside area as a catalyst for urban regeneration. Through the 1990s, riverside apartment buildings began to appear at Lancefield Quay on the North bank and the former General Terminus Quay on the South bank, and the Norman Foster-designed Clyde Auditoriumwas opened at the SECC in 1997. The former Garden Festival site is now home to the Glasgow Science Centreincluding Glasgow Tower (the spiritual successor to the Clydesdale Banktower which was part of the Garden Festival). There has been further development at this site, with a new headquarters for BBC Scotlandforming the cornerstone of a new "media village".
Phase 1 of the Glasgow Harbour Project, by the
Clyde Port Authorityat the former Meadowside Granary, Yorkhill Quay and confluence of the River Kelvinin Partick, has consisted of high rise residential accommodation and the construction of a riverside walkway.
Phase 2 of the Glasgow Harbour project has been the most ambitious yet, with more high-rise apartment towers proposed for the area, something which has sparked controversy given Glasgow's infamous
tower blockbuilding boom of the 1960s, some of the developments being compared unfavourably to the notorious Red Road flats in the city's north side. There are also plans for a new Museum of Transport and large-scale commercial developments at the site.
In September 2006, the
Clyde Arcroad bridge opened to traffic, enhancing access to the South Bank at the SECC.
Transport links will also be a key feature of Glasgow Harbour, with a pre-
light railmetro system planned, to be called Clyde Fastlink, which will link the area to the city centre areas, with possible interchanges to the Subway.
* [http://www.glasgowharbour.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.clydewaterfront.com/greatergovanglasgowcurrent.aspx Glasgow Harbour Urban Renewal Project]
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