WATER-Based Buildings Floated In Blueprint Aiming For Buoyant Glasgow River Districts

22 January, 2019 | News, Clyde Riverfront

A DRAFT blueprint for regeneration around the Clyde in Glasgow proposes allowing development of hotel, restaurant and residential structures on the water itself.

The possibility of semi-permanent floating structures/floating architecture is raised in Glasgow City Council’s River Clyde Corridor Strategic Development Framework (SDF), which is currently the subject of consultation.

Pacific Quay Canting Basin

The document states that, in areas such as Pacific Quay, “pressure on land for economic commercial development may result in the water space itself becoming viable” for various uses “to support a more vibrant populated neighbourhood in the Canting Basin or the Graving Docks. ”

It adds that, “provided the design solution is safe and of an exceptionally high quality”, a number of uses “may be deemed appropriate and will support and enhance the vibrancy” of riverside districts. It lists hotels, cafes and restaurants; studios and workspaces; and residential.

Graving Docks

The framework document aims to provide a “route map” towards the regeneration of the riverfront areas over the next 30 years.

Key themes include:
— Making more use of the water for activities and events
— Improving “movement connections” to, along and on to the river
— Cultural heritage, play, art, landmarks, lighting and smart technology initiatives
— Repairing the urban and landscape fabric
— Biodiversity and environmental quality

It states: “This route map towards a multi-functional Clyde also identifies the critical need to continue to understand the challenges and opportunities… including the impact of current and future climate change.

“The framework identifies the need to make significant and bold interventions to help adapt to and alleviate from this risk and unlock the area’s potential as a liveable, multi-functional, connected and attractive network of places within the city.

The framework’s main focus is the former industrial upper harbour area.

|  More about the consultation and link to the full document

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