Contractor agreed for Sauchiehall Street physical upgrades

A CONTRACT to carry out physical upgrades to streets in and around one of Glasgow’s main thoroughfares – Sauchiehall Street – has been agreed by the city’s councillors.

The decision is part of a wider ‘Avenues’ programme (here) to improve the physical layout of much of the city centre.

Says the local authority, here: “The £5.641million contract for the next Avenue in Glasgow city centre to begin – the Sauchiehall Precinct and Cambridge Street Avenue [to the north] – has been awarded to MacLay (Civil Engineering Limited) at a council committee today.”

The announcement continues: “This Avenue will be part of wider network of new, attractive, accessible, safe, sustainable and easily-maintained routes throughout the city centre being delivered through the Avenues programme that are people-focused, encourage active travel and are more attractive to residents, workers, visitors and investors.

“The Sauchiehall Precinct will connect to the Sauchiehall Avenue at Rose Street and stretch to West Nile Street, with the connecting Cambridge Street Avenue stretching to Cowcaddens Road.

“The works on this project will deliver a significant improvement in the public realm on these two streets, with reconstruction of roads, pavements and footways, with new kerbing, traffic signals, 40 new street trees, rain gardens and street lighting.”

Work is expected to begin in September, finishing next summer.

The £115million Avenues programme is funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal, which is funded by the Scottish and UK governments. The Glasgow City Region City Deal will see both governments provide £500million of funding for infrastructure projects.

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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