The council’s City Administration Committee approved a report on the quay walls, with just over £50million of Glasgow City Region City Deal funding to be invested in quay walls, with this funding to allow further regeneration of the waterfront between Glasgow Green and the proposed Partick-Govan bridge.
Locations such as Custom House Quay/Carlton Place, Clyde Street at the Briggait and Anderston/Lancefield Quay have been identified as priority sites for this investment. While the council owns around 3,400 metres of quay wall in this area, much of the quay wall ownership is held by third parties, and the council is now developing a grant scheme where owners can submit expressions of interest in the award of funding if they can demonstrate that they meet City Deal objectives.
This investment in the quay walls will address the structural integrity of quay walls; enhance pedestrian and cycle connectivity along the banks of the river; unlock the development potential of vacant and derelict land along the river corridor; and improve place quality and the vibrancy of the river and its banks.
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The Clyde is a key part of our future economic growth, and this investment will unlock regeneration that can benefit everyone in Glasgow. Restoring the quay walls on the Clyde will not only remove barriers to developing sites along the waterfront, bringing jobs, homes and businesses, but will also improve access to the river making it an even more attractive location.”
In the 21st Century, the regeneration of the river has attracted developments such as the International Financial Services District, Glasgow Harbour, the Riverside Museum, Pacific Quay and the SEC, and attractions on the banks of the Clyde bring more than six million visitors to the city every year.
The £50million of investment in the river’s quay walls is part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal’s £113.9million Waterfront and West End Innovation Quarter project, which will further develop the waterfront as an area that attracts investment and supports economic growth.