Laurieston local development strategy

  • Artist impression of the Laurieston development
  • Laurieston in Glasgow's south side, adjacent the award-winning Gorbals
  • Some homes heading to completion at Laurieston

Lead Partner: Glasgow City Council

Other Partners: Glasgow Housing Association; New Gorbals Housing Association; Private Developers

Project Team: Page \ Park, Turner and Townsend

Project History
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  • Laurieston flats pre demolition
  • Demolition commences
  • Post demolition
  • Machinery onsite marks the start of construction at Laurieston
  • Work gets started on the Laurieston development
  • Construction continues at Laurieston
  • Laurieston in Glasgow's south side, adjacent the award-winning Gorbals
  • The Laurieston build continues
  • Work continues at Laurieston
  • A new street in Laurieston under construction


Glasgow City Centre, Laurieston


The Laurieston Local Development Strategy (LDS) represents a significant milestone in the process of transformation and regeneration of the central area of Glasgow. The plans have been formulated through an extensive process of consultation and negotiation, and present a shared vision of how residents and stakeholders envisage the future development of the area. The urban design strategy has taken a 'best practice' approach, exploring the opportunities to remedy the mistakes of the 1960s that have blighted Laurieston. It seeks to knit back this part of the city into the surrounding neighbourhoods. The Laurieston development aims to transform perceptions and regenerate the housing market in the area, whilst providing a full range of the highest quality affordable housing.

At the heart of the plan is the recognition of the need to re-connect this part of central Glasgow with its neighbouring areas of Crown Street, Tradeston, residential areas to the south, and the city centre, as well as strengthen the relationship with the River Clyde corridor. The major elements of the Laurieston LDS are:

  • The reinstatement of an 'urban grid' linking the area to the city centre, Crown Street, and Tradeston;
  • The reinstatement of the Gorbals Cross as a historical marker of Laurieston and Hutchesontown;
  • The creation of a new 'green city park' at the heart of the development. This builds on the concept of crescents introduced in Crown Street and acts as a focus for high density living and potential educational functions;
  • The regeneration of Bridge Street/Eglington Street as a new local high-street and transportation hub, including proposals for a new bus and rail interchange with associated commercial, retail and residential uses around;
  • The development of a new 'community spine' from Cleland Street to Eglington Street connecting existing retail & leisure facilities (Crown Street) to future educational, health, social and public transport facilities.

As well as over 1,500 homes, scope has been identified for over 30,000sq m of commercial space, community facilities and shops. The plans will be implemented in phases working with private development partners.

Current status:

Planning application for Phase 1 submitted May 2011. This calls for construction of 201 homes for social rent on the site of the demolished Stirlingfauld Place tower blocks, construction on these homes started in May 2012. One remaining Norfolk Court block is scheduled for blowdown between 2014-17.

In October 2012 Glasgow City Council approved plans for the second phase of the development, with 600 new homes as well as plans for a hotel, retail outlets, community facilities and green space also approved.  The first part of Phase One of the project is on site and is due to be complete in Spring/Summer 2014, this is for 200 homes for rent.  The second part of Phase One is a rolling programme, beginning in 2014, with further phases following.