Woodside visioning session
Visioning session focused on arts & culture. Photo: Scottish Canals

The aim of this project was to establish a vision and development framework for the Woodside, Firhill, and Hamiltonhill areas of north Glasgow which are adjacent to the Glasgow branch of the Forth and Clyde Canal. The Vision, Development Framework and Masterplan were prepared in close liaison with stakeholders and the local community via a ‘charrette’ process and informed by a rigorous understanding of the area.

The key innovative approach was the intensive and creative charrette engagement process that involved a variety of engagement techniques, over an intensive four-day period, including a significant art outreach programme, and involved dialogue with more than 300 people. Unconventional approaches such as the use of a paper boat as a symbol of change were successful. The process established priorities for the area, such as the importance of a cohesive green infrastructure area. An area of ‘vacant and derelict land’ has now been re-designated as a local nature reserve.

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