A £1.8M contract has been awarded to Civic Engineers to help deliver the “transformative” Avenues project in Glasgow for Glasgow City Council.
The project is aimed at dramatically improving the quality of the city centre environment, said the consultancy.
The work will focus on seven key city-centre thoroughfares; Argyle St west, Argyle St east, St Enoch’s Square, the Underline (a pedestrian and cycle route linking Great Western Rd with the city centre), Sauchiehall Precinct, Cathedral St and North Hanover St.
Issues such as connectivity, biodiversity, public transport and perceptions of the city will all look to be improved upon. It will also look to introduce sustainable green infrastructure and the protect space for cyclists and pedestrians.
The scheme is part of the enabling infrastructure integrated public realm (EIIPR) commission, and is being supported by the £1.13bn Glasgow City Region City Deal, which has funding of £115M for Glasgow city centre projects.
Civic Engineers will work alongside design practice Urban Movement and the Social Value Consultancy, which will work on measuring and demonstrating the social, economic, health and environmental benefits of the introduction of the scheme.
The project gets underway in November starting with Argyle St and it is planned to complete in 2022.
Civic Engineers founding director Stephen O’Malley said the project was an ambitious project which would transform the city of Glasgow.
“We are proud to have been appointed to lead the team delivering the project. 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.”