Phoenix Vegetation by RankinFraser and 7N Architects

December 2, 2020
Phoenix Vegetation by RankinFraser and 7N Architects

7N Architects and RankinFraser Panorama Architecture like designed the Phoenix Vegetation venture in Glasgow, Scotland.


Phoenix Vegetation by RankinFraser and 7N Architects

Project Title: Phoenix Vegetation, Garscube Panorama Hyperlink
Location: Garscube Avenue/ M8 Flyover, Glasgow, Scotland
Payment: £1.2million
Improve originate date: 21st September 2009
Completion date: 28th June 2010

The first piece of the regeneration of the Speirs Locks space in Glasgow has been done with the gap of the Garscube Hyperlink, a brand fresh public realm intervention which re-connects North Glasgow back to the city centre for pedestrians and cyclists.

The venture became designed by 7N Architects and RankinFraser Panorama Architecture for the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership (GCRP), a partnership between Glasgow Metropolis Council and ISIS Waterside Regeneration, supported by British Waterways Scotland.

The venture has concerned the unconventional revitalisation of this significant link between the canal network and Glasgow’s Metropolis Centre which became severed by the construction of the M8 motorway in the 1960s. The venture is the principle stage of the regeneration of Speirs Locks remodeling its significant interface to the city centre from an inhospitable barrier to 1 that can moreover be a obvious threshold to the wider space.

The Garscube Hyperlink has been christened “The Phoenix Vegetation”, a reference to the vulnerable Phoenix Park which as soon as occupied the space forward of the construction of the motorway.

Project Description
Speirs Locks covers 14 hectares of low grade industrial, derelict land by the Forth and Clyde canal to the north of Glasgow Metropolis Centre. Historically, the space became a thriving trading centre but fell into decline with the rising obsolescence of the canal. This became accelerated in the 1960’s when the elevated M8 motorway sliced by draw of its hyperlinks to the Metropolis Centre, leaving a solitary underpass connection. Making improvements to the severed connections to the Metropolis Centre – healing the scar of the M8, is the principle in a series of public realm initiatives which are being implemented as piece of the wider regeneration approach for the space.

This fresh link is the gateway level, the pedestrian threshold connecting a extensive space of North Glasgow back to the Metropolis Centre. The existing route became an terribly antagonistic atmosphere: darkish, dirty, noisy, and intimidating.

The fresh public realm is tremendously wider that the outdated underpass, remodeling it into a single, flowing, pink resin floor that doesn’t constrain those utilizing it to a single, confrontational, route. It is illuminated by a ribbon of 50 colored aluminium “flowers”, fluttering by draw of the space 8m up in the air, that draw the customer by draw of the route in deliberate incompatibility to the solidity of the concrete, evoking a reminiscence of Phoenix Park that after occupied the space. This revitalised threshold to the city centre connects to a brand fresh landscape link, presently on space, that weaves its formula up from the underpass to the canal basin on the discontinue of the hill.

The underpass is the principle piece of a regeneration framework for the Speirs Locks space, developed by 7N Architects and RankinFraser Panorama Architecture. The framework is centered on a regeneration approach entitled “Rising The Dwelling” which seeks to rework harmful perceptions of the space by cultivating a discipline of physical and financial circumstances which help colonisation by artistic teams which would perchance, in flip, pressure the regeneration of the wider space.

This process is already effectively underway with organisations like the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD), The Nationwide Theatre of Scotland (NTS) becoming a member of Scottish Opera at Speirs Locks which helps the space evolve as Scotland’s centre for artistic industries over the next 15 years.

Pictures by Dave Morris



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