Evening Times

CELTIC’S EAST END REVOLUTION

Bars, homes and shops planned around stadium

- By GERRY BRAIDEN

CELTIC bosses have revealed plans to transform the stadium area for the Commonweal­th Games.

The club has submitted its masterplan for “The Celtic Triangle”, which includes the creation of bars, restaurant­s and a museum.

CELTIC want to transform the area around their stadium and link it with other venues that will be used during the 2014 Commonweal­th Games.

The club’s long-term vision for the area around its stadium will be revealed this week.

Officials have submitted a masterplan for “The Celtic Triangle” and it is expected to secure approval from city councillor­s on Friday.

The plans include the creation of bars and restaurant­s around Celtic Park, a new club museum, walkways linking it with other 2014 venues, a plaza and the potential for a new hotel, casino or shops. It also has proposals for housing.

No costs have been revealed and club officials insist the project will depend on its economic viability, but the deadline of summer 2014 – when Glasgow hosts the Games –will put pressure on the club to deliver some of the vision across the next 36 months.

Celtic Park will host the opening ceremony of the Games and city councillor­s are concerned that the area around the stadium “does not provide an attractive setting”.

They said “the current situation is not acceptable with regard to the council’s ambitions to host a world-class event for the 2014 Games”.

Celtic’s plans will also tie in with a new four-lane carriagewa­y that will cut through the East End linking the M74 and M8 via London Road.

The East End Regenerati­on Route will cut through land used as a coach park, leading to an agreement between Celtic and Glasgow City Council over matchday access to the car park of the new National Indoor Sports Arena.

The vision would initially see:

There furbishmen­t and extension of the Victorian London Road Primary School to incorporat­e a restaurant, cafe and bar, as well as a new club museum.#

Landscapin­g of the immediate area around Celtic Park.

The creation of a plaza space.

Phase two would see “a new landmark building” on the site where the East End Regenerati­on Route meets London Road “creating an iconic gateway to the stadium area”, with early ideas including a hotel, more restaurant­s and bars, a casino and shops.

A council report detailing the plan says: “It is recognised that the design of the new buildings at this location should be of the highest standard to reflect the importance of this corner of the triangle as a key gateway to the site, particular­ly on the approach from the East End Regenerati­on Route.”

A further phase, expected to be completed by 2014 and considered by the council “to be the most critical element of the public realm strategy”, would see walkways linking the stadium to the route and the Indoor Arena.

The plan claims there is potential for a residentia­l developmen­t to the west of the stadium and at the corner of Springfiel­d Road and London Road, as well as “further small-scale commercial or light industrial developmen­t” to the north.

The report, which is calling for council approval in princi- ple this Friday, states: “It is recognised that market conditions may influence future land use proposals with regard to these more longterm ambitions for the site and these aspects of the masterplan will develop in discussion between the city council and Celtic FC.”

Strathclyd­e Police was consulted on crowd control issues and Celtic officials also had talks with the National Counter Terrorism Security Office and the Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Course over safety matters.

The police are said to have

broadly welcomed the proposal because it will improve crowd management on matchdays, while Architectu­re and Design Scotland, which advises the Government on ways to get better quality in design and architectu­re in the public and private sectors, said the plan would address the poor setting of the stadium. A CELTIC spokesman said: “Clearly, this proposal is very preliminar­y and has a long, long way to go.

“ We are working with Glasgow City Council and Clyde Gateway in a sensible and pragmatic manner but ultimately, the project will depend on a range of factors, including of course, economic viability.”

Councillor George Ryan, who is responsibl­e for business and the economy, said: “ We are interested in the details of this masterplan, which could contribute to the regenerati­on of the East End, and we are keen to see the first phases of the project delivered before the Glasgow 2014 Commonweal­th Games.”

 ??  ?? The area around Celtic Park is set to be transforme­d
The area around Celtic Park is set to be transforme­d
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George Ryan said the city council wanted first phases delivered before 2014
 ??  ?? Ready for change: This picture shows the area that would be transforme­d around the stadium
Picture: Martin Shields
Ready for change: This picture shows the area that would be transforme­d around the stadium Picture: Martin Shields

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