George Square plans thrown out

Shock as council decides not to go ahead with £15million transformation.

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  • George Square
  • An aerial view from the winning design
  • Rainy day depiction from the winner
  • Another of the winning shots

After weeks of debate the decision has been taken not to use any of the proposed six designs for George Square.

Last week a panel of judges failed to agree on any of the shortlisted designs.

And today council leader Gordon Matheson announced they would not be proceeding with the contract.

He said the people of Glasgow had made it clear they did not want a radical overhaul of the Square.

It will, instead, undergo a substantial facelift.

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson’s announcement came after a panel of judges chose a winning entry in the international design contest.

The jury, which had been judging six plans shortlisted in the competition, chose design number two. This design was produced by John McAslan & Partners.

However, Councillor Matheson said the council would not be proceeding with the contract.

Councillor Matheson said: "The people of Glasgow have made it clear that they do not want a radical redesign of the square.

"They want the square to look better and be a place of which they can be proud – a place they can while away a sunny afternoon or get together and celebrate the big occasions in the life of the city.

"They also want us to keep the statues where they are, and they like the grass. However, they clearly want rid of the red tarmac.

"I am proud to say that I am listening to them.

"We will carry out this refurbishment work in time for the Commonwealth Games and only if there is public demand thereafter, will we consider a radical change.

"The companies which were asked to produce designs gave us stunning plans, any one of which would have looked fantastic, and I would like to thank the architectural firms involved for their time and hard work. I also want to thank the members of the jury.”

Under the procurement process for the design contest, the jury had to conclude its deliberations and choose a winner. The council would then have had to agree to award the contract. However, that recommendation will now not be put before councillors.

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