THE procurement process for major works at Windmillcroft Quay, on the south bank of the Clyde in central Glasgow, will begin soon.
A contract award will be made towards the end of 2023, with works — already fully designed, and expected to take around two years to complete — beginning on site in 2024.
The work involves a 300-metre stretch of the riverbank between Tradeston and Springfield Quay. The current wall fell into disrepair and the public walkway was closed in 2014.
The project includes a 12-metre build-out of public realm into the river corridor to provide a promenade, constructed above a new quay wall.
There will be a four-metre-wide walkway alongside the quay wall; a three-metre-wide cycle route through the middle; and
a four-metre-wide buffer zone between the waterfront and adjacent residential area, comprising a tree-lined avenue, shrub planting and quiet semi-enclosed spaces.
The co-owners of the homes at Windmillcroft Quay have made a financial contribution of £1.39million (£5,000 for each of the 278 properties), with a further £750,000 from a third-party contributor.
The works are part-funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal, from the £50million allocated to secure the integrity of the Clyde waterfront, consolidate the quay walls there, and activate the area.
Councillor Susan Aitken, Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, said: “This is an important step towards the delivery of this important waterfront project, which will bring more high-quality public space to the Clydeside. Everyone living, working or visiting this area will enjoy the benefit of the work to take place here.”
Scottish Government Business Minister, Ivan McKee, said: “I welcome progress at Windmillcroft Quay and look forward to seeing the transformation of the Clyde waterfront as part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal.”
UK Government Minister for Scotland, Malcolm Offord, said: “It is brilliant that the Windmillcroft Quay project has moved a step closer to delivering a much-needed renovation on the Clyde with improved connectivity for residents and visitors to enjoy.”