Tuesday, January 22, 2013

George Square Redesign Shelved

John McAslan & Partners who yesterday, were announced as winners of the competition to redesign Glasgow's George Square will not have the opportunity to see the design come to fruition as, in the same breath, City Council leader Gordon Matheson said the council will not be proceeding with the controversial £15 m contract.

Doubts were raised about the future of the contest after the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision before Friday's deadline. The high-profile nature of the competition which currently sees the six designs publicly exhibited at The Lighthouse is bound to stir anger, not least among the architects who dedicated their time and efforts to submit a design. The council insist that they are listening to the people of Glasgow and that the move reflects public opinion around the competition.

A small scale refurbishment of the square is now planned in place of the redesign which will see the statues and green areas of the square retained and the gaudy red tarmac finally lifted. The hope is that the scaled-back refurbishment is now completed by next year in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.