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Urban Park for M74 Flyover

Finally a planning idea that makes sense

Plans have been drawn up to transform a vacant area of land under a motorway flyover in Glasgow into a hub for skateboarding, BMX and free-running.

The charity Glasgow Urban Sports wants to build the 1m facility in the Port Eglinton area, between Pollokshaws Road and the A77, in the city's south side.

Proposed designs for the urban sports art park are going on show at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.

The exhibition will run from 18 July until 10 August.

Glasgow Urban Sports said the park would aim to make use of the M74 flyover, which would shelter more than 50% of the space beneath, ensuring it would still be used in poor weather.
Port Eglinton viaduct The land around the Port Eglinton viaduct is currently vacant
Artists impression of M74 urban park This view with the M74 carriageway removed shows much of the park would be sheltered underneath
Artists impression of M74 urban park The park will be designed for use by free runners, skateboarders and BMX riders

The existing plans have been drawn up by lead designers Raydale Dower and Toby Paterson.

Mr Dower said: "The park is designed for people to use, not just to look at.

"We are consciously quoting from the best skate spots around the world and building in things like, back-yard swimming pool bowls, china town banks, and urban plaza design, with seating areas and landscaping for members of the local and general public to enjoy."
'Physical landmark'

Mr Paterson added: "The park will have a strong visual aesthetic, sculptural presence and functional, yet non-prescriptive architect.

"We're trying to redefine the preconceived notion of what a public park might be, so while the benches act as seating, where people can observe the space, the benches are also there to be skated and used so the park is open to user interpretation."

The scheme has been supported in the development stage by Creative Scotland, Transport Scotland and Glasgow City Council.

It is hoped that if plans are finalised and funding put in place, the council would formally support a future planning application.

The council's design advisor Gerry Grams said: "In a local context, the park has the potential to act as a physical and psychological landmark.

"It provides a green space within what was a heavily industrial area of the city.

"What's particularly exciting about the park is that it offers the opportunity to link existing and new pedestrian and cycling links the area currently lacks, at the same time as acting an intriguing conduit destination, attracting cultural tourist's route between city centre, Gallery of Modern Art and and Tramway."
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Pollokshaws Road IS the A77, the area they are talking about is Mauchline Street / Falfield Street next to Keyline Builders.

I actually thought they meant the section between Devon and Turriff streets  

So did I originally but if you read it through it's the other bit across the railway tracks. If you look at the photo you can see Sher Bros and the back of the old police stables in Salkeld Street

makes no sense to build it there as the elevation there would mean it would not be all weather...

cybers wrote:
makes no sense to build it there as the elevation there would mean it would not be all weather...

It is flat and mostly covered but it's hardly on a main thoroughfare .. if I am honest I can see it being used for "other purposes" at night Forum Index -> Glasgow Development & Demolition
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