PLANS to transform the outdoor areas around Glasgow Science Centre have been approved by city officials
The Connect:Outer Space project aims to create inspiring, active public spaces that will stimulate activity on the quaysides and improve connections between communities.
Planning permission for public realm improvements at Pacific Quay has now been granted by the city council.
A design statement submitted to the council explains that the project will include:
• Enhanced, inclusive active travel facilities and connections.
• Interactive, accessible and topical external exhibits showcasing science for all.
• Welcoming public spaces, activated day and night with events, lighting and green infrastructure.
Features of the project include:
— Transforming the quayside and canting basin to create a “24/7 Outdoor Science Centre” with “attractive destinations along a waterside science promenade”.
— Re-imagining the space between centre and the BBC building as a Science Square, creating a ‘front garden’ for both organisations showcasing science, culture and community events.
— Untangling the conflicting paths across the site to ensure pleasant, convenient and safe access for all.
The project is jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust’s Inspiring Science Fund and active travel organisation Sustrans’s Places for Everyone.
The work is part of a larger programme of major capital and revenue investment at the centre.