New plans for George Square

21 Mar 2013

Latest plans for George Square focus on replacing the red tarmac and introducing more grass.

A dramatic proposal to redevelop the square were suddenly abandoned in January 2013, after an international design contest.

Now a more modest plan has been drawn up. It suggests the removal of the red tarmac, with more grassy areas established.

A second phase would then follow, after the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The total budget will be £15m.

Six designs had originally been commissioned by Glasgow City Council but plans were scrapped after an adverse public reaction.

Council leader Gordon Matheson said: "The people of Glasgow were very vocal throughout the design competition that they did not want a radical redesign of the square. They wanted the statues to remain, the grass to stay and the red tarmac to go. We listened to their views and have responded."

Source: BBC