Plans to deliver a transformative project in the heart of Glasgow, known as the ‘Avenues’ project, have moved a step closer with the award of a £1.8 million contract to civil and structural engineers, Civic Engineers.
The transformation of the ‘Avenues’ seeks to dramatically improve the quality of the city centre environment. Focusing on seven key city-centre thoroughfares, the aim of the project is to improve connectivity, introduce sustainable green infrastructure through attractive streetscapes and enhancing biodiversity, protect space for cyclists and pedestrians, improve the way public transport is accommodated and transform the perceptions of the city for all those who live, work and visit. The project is supported by the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal, which has funding of £115 million for Glasgow projects.
Civic Engineers have been appointed to lead the multidisciplinary design team who will take the project from concept design and public consultation through to developed design stage. They will be working with design practice Urban Movement and the Social Value Consultancy who will focus on being able to measure and demonstrate the social, economic, health and environmental benefits of the introduction of the scheme. The project gets underway in November and it is planned to complete in 2022.
Founding Director of Civic Engineers, Stephen O’Malley said: “The ‘Avenues’ project is an ambitious, forward thinking initiative which will transform the streetscapes of the city centre. Our considerable experience, working alongside companies such as Urban Movement and Social Value Consultancy, means we have the experience to deliver public realm improvements that bring real economic, social and environmental benefits and ultimately help to deliver a healthier city centre for Glasgow.”