It’s every­one’s bag!

Even if you don’t live or work there, one trip to the South­side of Glas­gow con­firms it’s the place to be for food, drink and shopping

Evening Times - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

GLAS­GOW is of­ten de­scribed as a se­ries of vil­lages linked to­gether and no-where is this more ob­vi­ous than in the South­side of the city. This bustling area is a very de­sir­able place to live, with a strong sense of a long-es­tab­lished community, ready to em­brace the in­di­vid­ual and cel­e­brate any­thing new and in­ter­est­ing. It’s also a great mix of peo­ple, with gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies, young pro­fes­sion­als and stu­dents hap­pily liv­ing side by side and en­joy­ing ev­ery­thing the area has to of­fer. It helps that the South­side is buzzing in terms of re­tail, food and cul­ture, with great shopping, cafes, restau­rants and pubs, some of which also in­cor­po­rate en­ter­tain­ment with up and com­ing mu­si­cians along­side long es­tab­lished in­ter­na­tional acts and drama, com­edy and art exhibition­s. Some of the shops here have been thriv­ing for decades, recog­nis­ing both tra­di­tional re­quire­ments and the need to adapt to suit newer trends. They may be part of Glas­gow but places in the city’s south­side ar­eas such as Shaw­lands and Go­van have their own his­tory and cul­ture. Al­most like towns within a city,

they are dis­tinct en­ti­ties and while their for­tunes have ebbed at times over the years they are both now be­gin­ning to flour­ish once more. Re­gen­er­a­tion is bring­ing back en­ergy and vi­tal­ity to these com­mu­ni­ties and those who venture south of the River Clyde may be sur­prised at what they find if they stop to ex­plore. It has been com­pared with Green­wich Vil­lage in New York yet the at­trac­tions of Shaw­lands are not as well known as those of Glas­gow’s West End or the city cen­tre. With a lot of live mu­sic and art al­ready on of­fer in the area, the idea is to in­crease Shaw­land’s role as a cul­tural hub so that it does not com­pete with the West End but of­fer an al­ter­na­tive night or day out. There are also a number of pop­u­lar fes­ti­vals such as the South­side Film Fes­ti­val, the South­side Fringe Fes­ti­val and the South­side Fes­ti­val. In ad­di­tion, the £3.3m Shaw­lands Town Cen­tre Ac­tion Plan pro­gramme agreed between Glas­gow City Coun­cil, the community and lo­cal busi­nesses form part of a se­ries of im­prove­ments in­tended to help the area re­po­si­tion it­self as a desti­na­tion, at­tract additional foot­fall and fur­ther in­vest­ment to the cen­tre. The public realm as­pects of the project have been tak­ing place for years and the ben­e­fits of this are al­ready ev­i­dent in additional foot­fall and busi­nesses they have at­tracted. The works have also helped strength­ened the “al fresco café” and “fes­ti­val” cul­ture which

many cus­tomers, when sur­veyed, said they liked about Shaw­lands. A £98,000 in­vest­ment at Shaw­lands Academy has re­sulted in a unique out­door dig­i­tal an­i­ma­tion stu­dio which al­lows pupils to project their work onto the ex­te­rior of the building so that peo­ple can view it on their way into the town cen­tre. There is also now plan­ning per­mis­sion for a new public square which will al­low public per­for­mances and other events. Some of the pave­ments else­where in Shaw­lands have been widened to ac­com­mo­date tables and chairs out­side cafes and restau­rants along with other ar­eas that can be used for smaller events such as craft mar­kets. More family friendly events are be­ing or­gan­ised to en­cour­age foot­fall in the area.

STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

In Go­van, the Cen­tral Go­van Ac­tion Plan and the Go­van Cross Town­scape Her­itage Ini­tia­tive have been at the heart of the re­gen­er­a­tion process over the last ten years. These community-led ini­tia­tives have re­sulted in a stag­ger­ing £90 mil­lion in­vest­ment, which is recog­nised

as having pal­pa­bly im­proved the at­trac­tive­ness of the town cen­tre and is mak­ing a pos­i­tive change in lo­cal res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life and prospects. As well as new homes for 1,800 peo­ple, two important his­toric build­ings have been re­stored for use as modern of­fices. A number of other build­ings of his­toric and ar­chi­tec­tural im­por­tance have been ren­o­vated, in many cases us­ing Town­scape Her­itage Ini­tia­tive (THI) fund­ing. In ad­di­tion to the pro­jects at Orkney Street and Fair­field, a ma­jor scheme to re­fur­bish the Pearce In­sti­tute has been com­pleted, as well as the ren­o­va­tion of high pro­file build­ings in­clud­ing Cardell Halls/Brechin’s Bar, the for­mer Bri­tish Linen Bank, and the Trustee Sav­ings Bank. Sev­eral public realm schemes have been im­ple­mented, no­tably at Go­van Cross and Lang­lands Path and a number of tra­di­tional shop fronts have been re­stored. A range of other pro­jects have been de­liv­ered within the CGAP frame­work, in­clud­ing sup­port for a sum­mer ferry ser­vice between Go­van and the River­side Mu­seum, re­fur­bish­ment of the River­side Hall and the creation of a her­itage cen­tre at the Fair­field Ship­yard. While there is un­doubt­edly still a lot to be done the fu­ture is look­ing bright with the open­ing of the new Queen Eliz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, a pro­posed new bridge and river cross­ing re­con­nect­ing Go­van and Pa­trick, and plans to de­velop Water Row to re-es­tab­lish Go­van as an at­trac­tive river­side town.

Shaw­lands of­fers great shopping, restau­rants, arts and en­ter­tain­ment opportunit­ies

There’s some­thing for all the family in Glas­gow’s South­side, from food and drink to sim­ply ex­plor­ing the stun­ning Glass House, in­set

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