On October 22, 2020, almost £10 million was granted to the Glasgow City Council to advance the massive £250 million regeneration of Sighthill, the largest urban regeneration project in Scotland. The massive revitalization effort was first reported here in the November 15, 2017 issue of REVITALIZATION.
Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said “Sighthill is the prime example of what is – and what will be – happening in North Glasgow now and in the future, and it is pleasing to see such progress being made. The local community – and their new neighbours, who will be being welcomed in the coming years – can look forward to living in a fantastic neighbourhood, reconnected to the city centre and nearby areas.”
The Sighthill project is one of eight such TRAs in Glasgow, with partners Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association, and the Scottish Government forming the Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC:G) partnership. The Sighthill TRA also benefits from Glasgow City Region City Deal funding from the Scottish and UK Governments.
Key milestones that have been marked in Sighthill over the past year include the opening of the Sighthill community schools campus, the start of construction of the new homes, and the demolition of the former pedestrian bridge across the M8 paving the way for a new landmark pedestrian and cyclist bridge connecting Sighthill and North Glasgow to the nearby city centre.
Forthcoming stages in the regeneration of Sighthill include the opening of Sighthill Park over the winter months, as well as key road routes throughout the site.
This new step forward also saw approval for funding contributions from Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC:G) and from Sustrans for three projects in Sighthill that will add to the area’s continuing revitalization.
The first of these projects will see TC:G giving £3.7 million of grant funding to support the delivery of the Smart Canal / North Glasgow Integrated Water Management System, a scheme which will bring a state-of-the-art urban drainage system to address surface water issues in the north of the city.
TC:G will also give funding support for the complex East Remediation project, which sees the remediation of the land on which sat the former primary school and demolished tower blocks in the east of the area.
The last of these projects will see Sustrans providing £2 million of grant funding to support the M8 pedestrian and cyclist bridge, providing a safe, accessible and attractive connection between the city centre, Sighthill and nearby neighborhoods.
When complete, the Sighthill TRA will feature almost 1000 new homes, a new community schools campus, new parkland and greenspace, new road and pedestrian / cyclist bridges reconnecting the, active travel routes area to the city centre, new shops and businesses, a civic square and a canal terrace.
All images courtesy of Glasgow City Council.