Bid to extend £10m plan for Clyde cafe culture

17 Apr 2008

by Graeme Murray, Evening Times

An area of cafes and restaurants along Glasgow's waterfront is getting bigger - before it's even started.

Bosses behind the plans to create two-storey pavilions for eateries and bars on the Broomielaw want to extend the project further.

The Broomielaw Pavilions are a major part of a multi-million pound regeneration plan to bring life to the banks of the Clyde.

Wilson Bowden Developments and Glasgow City Council originally planned to put the pavilions in a 30,000 sq ft riverside site stretching from Robertson Street, in the City Centre, to Carrick Street, near the Kingston Bridge.

Now they want the development to continue west by a block to reach McAlpine Street.

Councillors are being urged to approve the extension - which bosses say will create a "destination venue" along the north bank of the river.

Bosses eventually hope to include the Clydeport car park on the Broomielaw in their plans at a later date.

Councillor George Ryan, executive member for development and regeneration, said: "The Broomielaw Pavilions development will further enhance and improve the environment of Clydeside and attract more visitors to what is an increasingly attractive area.

"Wilson Bowden have asked us if we can put an extension to the west of the current scheme which would provide more restaurant space .

"Hopefully we can get it approved and get the Clydeport car park part included in the final phase. We've also got a proposal at Customhouse Quay which means new developments will go right along Clydeside."

Council chiefs also hope the ambitious scheme will link the river with the city centre. Part of the regeneration plan includes the creation of the so-called "squiggly bridge" which is taking shape.

It will link Broomielaw with Tradeston, giving city centre shoppers and workers access to the South Side of the river.

Council bosses were forced to reconsider their plans for the Broomielaw structure because of spiralling costs.

The bold design, by Dissing and Weitling, is now expected to come in at just under £28m after a cap was put on its costs.

Jim Fitzsimmons, of Wilson Bowden Developments, said it would be spring 2009 before the new bridge is finished and a further year before the pavilions are completed.

Reproduced with the permission of The Evening Times(Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

  • Architect's impression by BDP/Wilson Bowden