Go-ahead for urban fabric projects

NINE community-based projects in Glasgow are to receive almost £4m between them, to help improve their urban fabric.

Exactly £3.7m is being allocated to the projects which were chosen from 56 applications to a fund being provided by the Scottish Government and administered by Glasgow City Council.

Says the council, here: “The Place Fund is a Scottish Government capital fund for local authorities to allocate, working collaboratively with local communities, to develop projects under a variety of themes. These include: 20-minute neighbourhoods, town centre regeneration, community-led regeneration and community wealth building, achieving net-zero, and well-being and inclusive economic development.

“Glasgow City Council has been allocated £3.699m for 2021/22 and the Scottish Government has provisionally allocated £3.2m for projects in the city in subsequent years.”

The nine successful projects are:

  • The Braes, Castlemilk – Environmental improvements to this shopping centre, including enhanced public realm and better permeability, will stimulate the local economy and help small retail businesses, and encourage further commercial development;
  • Carbon Free Govanhill – Expansion of Carbon Free Govanhill project, including creation of an allotment and recycling hub;
  • Hamiltonhill Green Infrastructure Project – Development of active travel links between green infrastructure (‘pocket parks’), benefiting new and existing housing in the Hamiltonhill Masterplan;
  • Laurieston Community Rooms – Replacement of temporary accommodation and the creation of community kitchen and garden space, and the improvement of street frontage;
  • Parkhead Pantry Garden – Community growing space which will produce food for the nearby Parkhead Pantry;
  • Queensland Community Park – Development of under-used open space adjacent to two, multi-storey flats in Cardonald;
  • Ruchazie Café – Refurbishment of two shop units next to the existing pantry, to create a social kitchen and community café;
  • Treehills Community Supermarket – Development of a community supermarket in Nitshill; and
  • Tollcross Winter Gardens – Redevelopment of B-Listed glasshouse, which will promote social interaction, social enterprise, benefit park users and complement the new nursery currently under construction.

Pictured: Cardonald proposal, Picture credit: Southside Housing Association