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Glasgow - City Deal


Glasgow has five infrastructure projects totalling £385.8 million investment, the £144.3 million Glasgow Airport Access project shared with Renfrewshire and the £4 million Tontine centre for business innovation and growth

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Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership

The MGSDP (Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership) was formed to tackle the deficiencies in Glasgow's drainage infrastructure identified after the 2002 floods, minimising the social, economic and environmental impact of flooding on homes and businesses, as well as removing constraints on investment and regeneration.  The City Deal business case for this proposes 14 schemes across the city, including modifying the Forth & Glasgow Clyde Canal to allow the canal to provide the drainage solution for neighbouring key regeneration sites.

Canal and North

The area's strategic location as a gateway to North Glasgow offers great potential to capitalise on its assets, including knowledge-based industries on the north side of the city centre, the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area project, a growing cultural industries cluster, new leisure and recreation facilities and a number of vacant development opportunity sites.  The area currently has poor connections to the city centre and neighbouring communities, and to meet these challenges and be in a position to take advantage of opportunities, City Deal funding will deliver improved access to the cultural and creative hub at Spiers Lock and Port Dundas, including enhanced public realm; improve access and remediation at Cowlairs; the remediation of land and creation of services and circulation roads at Sighthill; and help fund the building of a new pedestrian and a new traffic bridge in Sighthill.

City Centre

The UK's second most important centre in both retail and finance (behind London's West End and the City) with a population of 28,000 and generator of 35% of Glasgow's GDP.  Glasgow City Council's City Centre Strategy aims to ensure the area retains and builds on this position by promoting opportunities for growth and investment, and the City Deal will deliver enabling infrastructure to capitalise on these opportunities.  This work will include improvements to the public realm; the resurfacing of streets and pavements; 'smart' infrastructure such as surface water management systems and adaptable lighting systems; the creation of avenues of trees; segregated cycle lanes; underground facilities and reductions in vehicle traffic.

Clyde Waterfront

This area has fantastic assets, such as the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus, Glasgow University, Pacific Quay and the West End, but has suffered from industrial decline, and would benefit from better travel connections.  The key objectives are the unlocking of development potential of vacant and derelict sites for employment and housing; to enhance clustering and stimulate growth in the Life Science and Higher Education sectors and maximise the benefits of existing high value industries; and spread the benefits of City Deal investment to tackle multiple deprivation, particularly in Govan.  The project will deliver a new bridge connecting Govan and Partick; a new pedestrian cycle route between the new hospital and the city centre; a new South Bank pedestrian route between Cessnock Underground and Pacific Quay; a new North Bank cycle and pedestrian route connecting Glasgow University and the West End with Govan, Glasgow Harbour, the SECC, the Partick-Govan Bridge and the city centre; and public realm improvements at Govan Cross, Byres Road, Church Street and University Avenue.


This area is in a great location, immediately to the east of Glasgow city centre and adjacent to major economic drivers such as the University of Strathclyde, the Merchant City and Clyde Gateway.  There are challenges such as poor connectivity, environmental quality and deprivation.  City Deal funding objectives for this project include the unlocking of the area's development potential and enable the continuation of economic activity from the city centre to the East End and progressing the existing Calton Barras Action Plan by improving infrastructure, quality of land and travel connections.

The Tontine

This business growth and innovation project will provide a co-ordinated support service for high-growth companies in the enabling technology, advanced design and manufacturing, and creative economy sectors, with between 5 - 10 employees.  The Tontine, located close to Glasgow Cross in the Merchant City, will host high-quality and flexible workspaces for these companies, with a focus on those sectors which link with Strathclyde University - to maximise the cross-fertilisation between growing companies in the city and the major multi-nationals and research programmes situated close by.


For further information and updates see Glasgow City Council website

Contact: Carol Connolly, Head of Glasgow City Council PMO - Phone: 0141 276 7629  E-mail: