How can Successful River Edge Management Re-Activate the River Banks, Foster Future Developments and Reconnect the City?

The history of Glasgow and the Clyde are closely entwined, one wouldn’t truly exist without the other. The river is the reason why Glasgow exists, but Glasgow shaped the Clyde that we see today. My project looks at Glasgow in a period caught between its ship building past and it’s future. How can Glasgow move forwards from its heritage and into a better future? The river needs to evolve from one of industry to a river of leisure.

My project looks at how this could be made possible and what strategic steps would need to be taken to make these changes. It looks into the form of the river edge and how this is creating an uninviting and unusable space. Aiming to reimagine this space needs drastic changes all along the river. The relocation of the Glasgow Green weir acts as an initial driver for creatig a consistent and reliable river. Bringing the power of the river into our control and leading to future redevelopment of the whole city centre. Through a deeper look into two case studies that examine two cities with strong relationship to their river, the redevelopment arc post heavy industry to a river of leisure is analysed. Through a series of model studies the various options are considered and conclusions are drawn.

The aim is to be able to create a strategic masterplan that could act as a guide to future redevelopment.