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Vision for a Greater Glasgow

Vision for a Greater Glasgow


Glaswegians have grown accustomed to change. From humble beginnings the city and its built landscape have changed dramatically.

Growing exponentially at the heights of the Industrial Revolution, the ‘Second City of the Empire’ expanded with the influx of workers from all corners of the globe. This brought in a new era of development as the city and the surrounding areas had to adapt to the demands of the burgeoning population. The end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th Century saw the construction of many of the city’s architectural landmarks, including the City Chambers, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Mitchell Library with swathes of the now famous tenement buildings built across the city to meet the additional housing requirements. The outbreak of the World Wars brought further change upon the city resulting in social and economic reforms to halt the subsequent downturn. This led to whole communities being decimated and re-sited from the run down tenements to new high rise towns that were constructed on the boundaries of Glasgow.  Laterally, the introduction of the M8 motorway and Kingston Bridge through the centre of the city in the 1970s caused further disruption, effectively splitting the city in two.

Today, change is again afoot as Glasgow continues to reinvent itself with the £1 billion City Deal investing in infrastructure and several large developments planned to continue the drive to bring the communities and life back to the city while reconnecting with the long overlooked River Clyde. Developments of note include;  the £1.5 billion Clyde Gateway programme overseeing the regeneration of approximately 840 hectares of land in the east end of Glasgow over 20 years, the £1 billion redevelopment of the Western Infirmary site by Glasgow University, the one million square foot mixed use development in Tradeston on the southern banks of the Clyde and the recommencement of mixed developments at Glasgow Harbour. Additionally, innovative proposals have also been drawn up to transform urban areas of the city into green spaces including the introduction of City Centre Avenues and a particularly imaginative project to reconnect the two halves of the city with the formation of a new park in the space above the M8 motorway at Charing Cross. This presents an immense programme of investment in the Greater Glasgow area which is transforming large areas citywide that have been neglected while also creating new jobs and exciting commercial opportunities as a result. 

With their established Commercial department based in Glasgow’s West End, Allied Surveyors Scotland are well placed in this changing landscape to provide a range of professional services; including valuations for secured loan purposes, lease renewals, rent reviews, business rates appeals, property investment advice, property disposal and asset management together with agency services. The office can be contacted on 0141 337 7575

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