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Millions to come to Glasgow 2005-01-27

Posted by clype in Glasgow, Scotland.
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AIRPORT, OPTIMA & RIVERSIDE MUSEUM:

Plans for expansion at one of Scotland’s largest airports have been given ‘the green light’ by ministers, it was announced yesterday 2005-01-24. The decision has earmarked 200 hectares of land for ‘Glasgow International Airport’ (Abbotsinch) to develop over the next 25 years, including the possibility of building another runway.

However ‘The Green Party’ criticised ‘The Scottish Executive’ for ‘pushing ahead’ on transport growth without paying attention to ‘climate change’. Ministers approved alterations to ‘The Glasgow and Clyde Valley Structure Plan’ devised by several councils, including Glasgow City and Renfrewshire.

The reserved land could also see an expansion of terminal capacity, but it does not give the airport exclusive rights to develop the land — and any proposed expansion would have to go through the usual planning process. Ms.Johann Lamont the deputy communities minister said:

Johann Lamont
‘Councils have acted promptly to make provision for the long term development of “Glasgow International Airport”.

‘The airport is vital for Scotland’s economic growth and this alteration will ensure that land is available for future expansion over the coming decades’.

But ‘The Green Party’s’ MSP Mr.Mark Ruskell disagreed.

Mark Ruskell
“The Executive” appears committed to “business as usual” regardless of the ramifications for the future’, he said.

‘Scotland needs to take more serious steps towards addressing “climate change” and government should be taking a lead, not a back seat’.

‘The Scottish Executive’ also said it would be ‘inappropriate’ to commit to a widening of the M8 motorway by the airport; as plans were in the pipeline to create a new 15-minute direct rail link from Glasgow city centre to the airport.

‘OPTIMA’:

Optima

Glasgow’s city centre is on the verge of being transformed, following the unveiling of plans to erect a 17-storey, 55 m high building at a cost of 9 million GBP. If given the go-ahead, the office complex, which will be known as ‘Optima’, will be sited in Bath Street, facing the Mitchell library on the opposite side of the M8 motorway. The building will be close to the site where Scotland’s tallest building will take shape and is expected to become one of the city’s defining landmarks. Property developer ‘Credential Charing Cross’ is behind the plan, which goes before the city council’s planning committee today 2005-01-25.

Combining office space and local amenities, it will include a restaurant and a health club and will be connected to a complex of Seventies buildings designed by architect Mr.Richard Seifert, who was responsible for the iconic ‘NatWest’ and ‘Centrepoint’ buildings in London. Work could start before the end of 2005. Ms.Marilyn Macmillan, marketing director of ‘Credential Charing Cross’, said:

‘The area is perfect from a developer’s point of view in as much as it’s close to Charing Cross Station.

‘This part of the town is very call-centre-friendly, and we think that this will be one of the main areas of business that will take an interest in it’.

Mr.Peter Richardson, a director of Glasgow-based designers ‘ZM Architecture’, said that the massive curved structure was an attempt to give the area a’ sense of continuity’.

‘Elphinstone Place’ In 2004-12, a 100 million GBP plan to build what, at 135 m, would be Scotland’s tallest building was given the go-ahead. The 39-storey building called ‘Elphinstone Place’ will alter Glasgow’s skyline. It will replace the former Strathclyde Regional council offices in India Street.

‘The Riverside Museum’ In a red-letter day for Scotland’s cultural scene, ‘The Heritage Lottery Fund’ yesterday 2005-01-26, announced another 15.9 million GBP lottery grant — the second highest award on record in Scotland — towards a new museum of transport in Glasgow. Backers say the 50 million GBP museum on the banks of the Clyde will add a major new tourist draw to the region, and is a focal point in the regeneration of Glasgow Harbour.

Zaha Hadid

Glasgow City is financing the project. The lottery grant ensures that a striking metallic design by the Iraqi Ms.Zaha Hadid, a rising star in world architecture, can be built to her plans, officials said. Next year, Glasgow’s ‘Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery’ re-opens after a major overhaul. ‘The Riverside Museum’, replacing the current ‘Museum of Transport’, will open in 2007, with transport links to Kelvingrove. Mr.Colin Mclean, the Heritage Lottery Fund’s manager for Scotland, said:

‘This is an extremely exciting project for Scotland.

More Scots go to museums than to football matches — and it is museums with the universal popularity of Glasgow’s “Museum of Transport” that contribute to that statistic’.

The Glasgow council leader Mr.Charlie Gordon said:

Charlie Gordon
‘The “Museum of Transport” is a much loved and hugely popular attraction, but the new “Riverside Museum” will be bigger and better’.

‘The Lottery Fund’s’ board held its twice-yearly meeting this week, and Scotland did remarkably well, gaining more than 30 million GBP out of 78 million GBP handed out to major projects across the UK.

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