Rediscovering the Clyde | How can successful river management foster future developments and reconnect a city?

Glasgow struggles with a disconnect between the River Clyde and the city.  Even though Glasgow was initially constructed as the best crossing point of the Clyde, then becoming one of the United Kingdom’s largest ports and ship building industrial hubs in the 1720s.  Following huge unemployment in the 1920s, shipbuilding had a massive decline, leaving large industrial buildings abandoned and forgotten.  With the construction of the M8 and the Clydeside Expressway, this only further separated and isolated the city, leaving vast areas of bankside property and land cut off from the rest of the city.


My project has started by looking at what was stopping the river being developed, focusing on the weir at Glasgow Green.  Other than the green space, the introduction of the weir allows the river to be controlled, giving a consistent flow and height.  Making the river useable for leisure activities.  Where as in the city centre, you constantly have to deal with the height change that comes with each tide.  If the weir was to be relocated further downstream, would this bring the same harmony to the city centre and would this make the river more useable.


Key Themes: Industry, Land-use, Policy