Save Broomielaw
  • Petitioned Glasgow City Council

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Glasgow City Council

Save Broomielaw

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      Save Broomielaw


Join us at lunch time on Thursday the 24th of November to protest against the destruction of one of Glasgow's most successful waterfront spaces. Earlier this month planning permission was granted for four private developer "pavilions" to be permanently stationed on Broomielaw Quay. This location was the recipient of £7.7 million pounds worth of public realm improvements in 2009 and has subsequently become a well used and successful waterfront public space, a feature sadly lacking along the vast majority of Glasgow's riverfront.

This will be destroyed as this public space is set to be privatised with four brutish and disproportionate buildings encompassing the majority of this beautiful public realm. Inside these buildings an array of generic coffee shops and likely multi-national eateries will be installed to take your cash and deprive Glasgow's city centre workers of a rare pleasant outdoor space to relax and enjoy a picnic.

The architectural intent and appropriateness of these so called pavilions is unarguably predictable, unoriginal and underwhelming. We are not suggesting that Glasgow's waterfront should be free from all commercial venture, but surely this proposal is not the answer!

See Architecture and Design Scotland's report on the proposals here:

New Glasgow Society's objection letter here:

Judge the proposals for yourself here:

Come down during your lunch break and help us send a message to the council that we will not tolerate the destruction and privatisation of more of our high quality public spaces.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kerrie Stubbs CHANDLER, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      The city spent millions already to improve the area and transform it into a beautiful, multipurpose, communal space that is loved and utilized as-is. The majority of the benefit to the new proposal would be to the commercial property owners as the current users of the space would likely no longer enjoy it as much and, therefore, no longer use it. From what I have learned, the people of Scotland love their country and love to be OUT IN IT! Jogging, biking, walking (dancing?:) ) and the proposed pavilions would seriously reduce the locals' ability to utilize this space in that way.

      I'm sure there are already plenty of places near and along the river where people can shop, work and relax INside....leave the Broomielaw alone so it can be enjoyed on the OUTside!

      Thank you and GOOD LUCK!

    • emma mykytyn GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      For once the riverside looks great, open, inviting and used. Use the vacant shops on Argyle street for business please.

      • almost 3 years ago

      The current development of the north bank of the river enhances the city. There is an opportunity to develop leisure facilities in Tradeston that will preserve the open views of the river from the north bank, and bring opportunities to an under-developed area of the city only one hundred metres away.

      • almost 3 years ago

      It's a lovely space by the riverside to enjoy a packed lunch, without the need for expensive Starbucks / Costa / Pret and all the rest. Plus, they just spent years digging it all up and making it nice - it would become a building site again, and nobody would get use of it! Why meddle - it's not broken, and dosen't need fixing!

    • Simon Chadwick GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      this proposal his horrific. The Broomielaw NEEDS amenity- but Glasgow needs good architecture. Why do we always have to make do with this cheap crap? This is a prime opportunity for a subtle, sensitive, elegant intervention to the riverside.


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