Lancefield Quay

  • Lancefield Quay from south bank

Project History
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Pacific Quay & SECC, Finnieston


A detailed River Clyde flood management strategy has been prepared by Glasgow City Council.  This identified early action areas where improvements to flood defences are required.  One of these areas is Lancefield Quay, part of the national cycle network through Finnieston but currently fenced off as a safety precaution.  Consultation is in progress on the following proposals.

Flood defences
Flood defences will be required, as there is a requirement to protect to a flood defence design level of 6.0m AOD. This level provides protection for a flood event of 0.5% (1 in 200 year) probability, taking into consideration climate change and freeboard levels. The defences will be incorporated as part of the improved high quality public realm and bolstered with folding demountable defences.

Quay wall stability
A visual assessment of the quay walls concluded that a large proportion of the structure was in poor condition. Basic structural checks also revealed that the factors of safety against instability were not adequate.  It is proposed to extend the quay wall approximately 15 metres into the river, which will address quay wall stability as well as providing a large public realm area.

Public realm
A large public realm area is proposed. It is anticipated that the spaces will be able to accommodate built form and stops for Fastlink, both of which will ensure the areas are well used throughout the day.  At the west end of the quay the new Clyde Arc (also known as the Finnieston Bridge or the 'squinty' bridge) provides a link to the south bank.  It is proposed that street furniture and hard landscape elements will be of high quality and design, mirroring successful schemes within the city centre.

Consultation has taken place on the preliminary design proposals and feedback is being taken on board to develop the proposals further.  The potential for use of the river for moorings in this area is also being assessed.

Current status:

At design phase - implementation linked to Clyde Fastlink.