The 52 hectare site extends nearly two miles along the Clyde River west of the central commercial district. The river site was once an important economic, recreational and social hub for the city of Glasgow. Once the scene of ship building and heavy industry, post-industrial dereliction and an intrusive roadway isolated the site from the life of the city, turning it into a classic “brownfield” site in urgent need of regeneration.
The masterplans re-establishes the civic and ecological importance of the site at the confluence of the Clyde and Kelvin rivers through a high density, mixed use development, including 3,000 residential units, offices, retail, hotel and leisure facilities. The buildings are designed around courtyards, placed between a new waterfront promenade and a linear park. Punctuating the linearity is a series of public squares framed by local amenities. At the junction of the rivers Clyde and Kelvin, a cultural hub is created. A tram link and pedestrian and cycle routes provide connectivity across the waterfront and into the city centre. The existing street network is extended from Glasgow’s city centre to the Harbour, informing the street pattern and block layout of the Glasgow Harbour masterplans.
In scale and form this regenerative masterplans is in tune with the vigorous architectural tradition of the city.
A project of Kohn Pedersen Fox (International) PA
in which the following people at PLP Architecture were involved: Lee Polisano was partner-in-charge; David Leventhal, design partner; Lars Hesselgren, head – computational geometry; Neil Merryweather, head model maker.