Lead Partner: Merchant City Initiative / Glasgow City Council.
Other Partners: Scottish Enterprise Glasgow;
Heritage Lottery Fund.
Project Team: Merchant City Initiative (Client);
Rock DCM (Coordinator);
Project HistoryClick an image to enlarge
Glasgow City Centre, Merchant City
This project involved the refurbishment of more
than 40 previously vacant and often run-down council-owned
shop units in the Merchant City and Glasgow Cross areas.
The shops were comprehensively refurbished. Work included
structural refurbishment such as rot repairs as well as
cosmetic works which included the removal of suspended
ceilings and repairs to historic features such as cornicing.
Some of the units also had unsightly 1970's style shop fronts
replaced. With grants from the Townscape Heritage
initiative, shopfronts were replaced with more traditional
fronts, in-keeping with the original historic style.
The units were then marketed to niche, creative businesses by
the council. It is estimated that over 5000m² of new
floorspace has been created with around 50 new jobs in 20 new
The initiative is ongoing. It began in 2003.
Between 2003 and 2014 Clyde Waterfront was a strategic
partnership comprising the Scottish Government, Scottish
Enterprise, Glasgow City, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire
Councils. Its purpose was to promote the economic, social and
environmental regeneration of 13 miles of the River Clyde from
Glasgow city centre to Dumbarton.