OPINION - New space must still be people's square

IT is hardly surprising that so many top architect firms want to win the contract to re-design George Square.

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Whoever does the work will have an image of Glasgow beamed around the world in 2014 during the Commonwealth Games as an advert for their creativity.

For the city however it must be something which endures for decades and is designed with the needs of the people of the city as a priority.

George Square has seen many events over the years from tanks sent to quell a revolutionary red Clydeside protest and anti Poll Tax demos to Olympian parades and Hogmanay celebrations, and the annual Service of Remembrance.

Those choosing the winning design must remember the square's history and its purpose as a space for Glaswegians and visitors to enjoy.

The commission will give one firm the opportunity to make a bold statement and has the potential for international award success.

But it must be remembered George Square belongs to Glasgow and the re-design must represent the city, be comfortable in its surroundings and most important of all, have the approval of the people.

If that is achieved it will be a success and it is the only success and praise which matters.

IT is hardly surprising that so many top architect firms want to win the contract to re-design George Square.

Whoever does the work will have an image of Glasgow beamed around the world in 2014 during the Commonwealth Games as an advert for their creativity.

For the city however it must be something which endures for decades and is designed with the needs of the people of the city as a priority.

George Square has seen many events over the years from tanks sent to quell a revolutionary red Clydeside protest and anti Poll Tax demos to Olympian parades and Hogmanay celebrations, and the annual Service of Remembrance.

Those choosing the winning design must remember the square's history and its purpose as a space for Glaswegians and visitors to enjoy.

The commission will give one firm the opportunity to make a bold statement and has the potential for international award success.

But it must be remembered George Square belongs to Glasgow and the re-design must represent the city, be comfortable in its surroundings and most important of all, have the approval of the people.

If that is achieved it will be a success and it is the only success and praise which matters.

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