Clyde Place to be permanently closed to traffic

A main road along the south bank of the River Clyde will be permanently closed to traffic from Tuesday.

Clyde Place is being shut down from the start of October as part of a transformation of the city’s waterfront.

The Buchanan Wharf development includes new office and retail space, hundreds of flats and public spaces. It will house the new northern European hub of banking giant Barclays, bringing around 2,500 jobs.

More than 300 build to rent apartments, in two 18-storey towers, will also be available.

Work on the scheme is currently ongoing within Tradeston – between West Street and Bridge Street.

The traffic regulation order will permanently come into effect on Tuesday, October 1, modifying the direction of travel on Kingston Street, to become eastbound only, while West Street/Clyde Place will be shut off between Riverview Gardens and Commerce Street.

A council spokesman said: “Leading up to the implementation of the new order, isolated works will continue on the public roads in the vicinity.”

Kingston Street was closed last week to allow resurfacing, lining works and the installation of new traffic signals.

A temporary order will be used until Tuesday to “allow for the directional changes on Kingston Street and the stopping up of Clyde Place to be implemented”.

The Buchanan Wharf project also includes plans to revamp Category-B listed Kingston House at Clyde Place, which had been used as emergency homeless accommodation.

It will be converted into a multi-use event space and could be used for markets, corporate events, exhibitions and live entertainment. Developers say they will ‘defurbish’ Kingston House, stripping it back and incorporating an “adaptable fully openable ground floor facade”.

“The purpose of this is to achieve Barclays’ original brief as a covered public space, event space and important gateway structure in lieu of Grade A office space, which Kingston House cannot provide.”