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Designs for George Square revamp go on display

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DESIGNS by six companies looking to transform Glasgow’s George Square have gone on public display.

Glasgow City Council say the project has “caught the imagination” of the international design community with 35 submissions recieved by the authority from across the globe for the £15m project.

The designs went on display today at architectural centre The Lighthouse in the city’s Mitchell Lane today.

Candidates for the project are Agence Ter (France), Burns + Nice (UK), Gustafson Porter (UK), James Corner Field Operations (USA), jmarchitects (UK) and John McAslan & Partners (UK).

The competition winner will work in partnership with the council to develop the final design for the square.

The six designs will be considered by a judging panel and the winner will be announced on Friday, 18 January.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The calibre of the six designs is very high and I’m sure whichever design team is chosen, Glaswegians will have a George Square to be proud of again.

“Each bidder has a wealth of international experience and all six have delivered a number of eye-catching civic spaces acclaimed by their peers and public alike.

“This redevelopment is a hugely exciting moment in the growth of the city as Glasgow strives to forge ahead and meet its future challenges.

“The prestige of the companies competing to redevelop George Square is a clear indication of just how iconic it is around the world.”

It is anticipated that redevelopment work will be carried out in two stages, with the first stage being completed before the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Funding of up to £5m from the overall investment programme will enable early delivery of phase one of the George Square redevelopment with an additional £10m assumed within the Buchanan Quarter TIF Business Case.

 

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