IMPROVEMENTS to walking and cycling routes around the massive Barclays development at Tradeston — including a makeover for the ‘Squiggly Bridge’ — are being proposed.
A report by Glasgow City Council officials states that three projects are being progressed to “improve place quality” at the waterfront beside the Barclays campus and address quality and safety on key routes to it.
Tradeston Bridge will be refurbished and will have enhanced feature and project lighting installed “to celebrate the landmark route between the city centre and the Tradeston locale”.
The report continues: “The bridge project has been identified as a priority to be delivered ahead of the opening of the new campus and the increased footfall that will result. Work would take place between early and mid-2021.
Public realm along the promenade at Tradeston Quay would be enhanced to complement the changing urban landscape on the south bank.
Finally enhanced feature lighting would be provided at three nearby railway underpasses to promote safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists.
It’s expected that the work will attract £1.2million of City Deal funding with Barclays contributing £1million.
The 3.7-hectare Drum Property Group mixed-use development site is creating seven urban blocks with ‘Grade A’ office floor-space, residential units, a mix of local amenities and landscaped public spaces.
It includes the flagship Northern European headquarters for Barclays who are creating around 2,500 additional jobs.
The first two office buildings (and separate early years facility) are due for completion and occupancy in 2021.