Glasgow Science Centre’s outdoor space at Pacific Quay is getting a major makeover and work has started on site. 

The transformation is part of the £4 million Connect programme, which is extending the science centre’s exhibitions, spaces and outreach programmes. 

Wetland moats, more trees and meadow planting will improve the greenery and biodiversity of the Glasgow Science Centre site. 

A Fibonacci Garden, inspired by the shape sequence observed in pine cones, leaves and other parts of nature, will be a social space for people to relax and an event space for science engagement activities. 

The two-way cycleway and large cycle park will encourage more cyclists along the Clydeside with links to national routes. 

The team hopes all work will be completed by July 2021. 

Dr Gillian Lang, deputy director of science at Glasgow Science Centre said: “We’re so excited that this transformation is underway and can’t wait for visitors to come and explore the new space once it’s ready. 

We’re creating safe, outdoor learning spaces with exciting hands-on exhibits and opportunities to connect with nature.

“The aim is to create a community and civic outdoor space that is loved, social and interactive; connecting the science centre to the community, to the environment and to the city.”

The development of Glasgow Science Centre’s outdoor space was funded by the Inspiring Science Fund and Sustrans. 

Chiquita Elvin, interim head of infrastructure and delivery for Sustrans Scotland, said: “We are delighted to support the revamp of the public spaces around the Science Centre through our Transport Scotland-funded Places for Everyone scheme. 

“Glasgow Science Centre has worked closely with the children and young people visiting the centre to develop designs that make it easier for everyone to access the site sustainably and to create a public space where everyone will want to spend more time. The route through the site will also be improved for the people crossing the Clyde on foot or by wheel.”

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