M8 garden cap and People’s Palace refurb could be finished by 2026 if funding bid succeeds

Seven major Glasgow projects, including an M8 garden cap and the refurbishment of the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, could be completed before the end of 2025, should a funding bid be successful.

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Seven bids for Glasgow projects are being prepared for the second funding call of the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund (LUF).

The projects being considered for the LUF second round include the M8 Garden Cap; the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens; regeneration projects in Drumchapel, Easterhouse, Maryhill and Possilpark; and the Clyde Connectivity scheme at Govan.

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Each of these projects is potentially deliverable before the end of 2025 if a bid was successful.

The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens.

The LUF has £800 million available for three rounds of projects in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales under three themes - smaller transport schemes that will make a genuine difference in local areas; town centre and high street regeneration; and support for the maintenance and expansion of cultural and heritage assets.

Bids will be submitted to the UK Government on July 6. Decisions on the bids are expected to be made in the autumn.

Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The ambitious new bids to be submitted to the Levelling Up Fund offer the opportunity to bring a range of real economic, environmental and social benefits to either local communities or the wider city. There is a very strong case being made for these bids, any and all of which would make a difference to Glasgow.”

Glasgow City Council can submit up to seven bids to the LUF (one per constituency), with a maximum value of £20 million per application. There is also provision for the council to submit one large scale transportation bid (with a value of between £20 - £50 million).

M8 garden cap and public realm improvements

This project would see a complete reconfiguration of the Charing Cross area in terms of transport and public realm, through a transformational project that would see the construction of a garden cap over the M8 between Sauchiehall Street and Bath Street; creating a peaceful green space offering a new community asset to residents, visitors and local businesses.

The space would reconnect the city centre with the West End, extending the impact of - and connecting to - the Avenues Programme (Sauchiehall, Elmbank, and St Vincent Streets), as well as the Connecting Woodside project.

People’s Palace & Winter Gardens

This project would refurbish both the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens to restore the building’s potential to play its pivotal role as a local amenity in one of Glasgow’s most deprived neighbourhoods, as Glasgow’s Local History Museum and as an integrated part of Glasgow’s events infrastructure.

The restoration would ensure this invaluable heritage asset can be maintained and preserved for future generations, paving the way for its sustainable future.

Regenerating Drumchapel town centre

This proposal would deliver the regeneration of the core of the designated Drumchapel Town Centre focused on the shopping centre, its immediate environs and wider connectivity to improve accessibility and patronage.

The proposal would link to the community hub investment proposed for the area, with public realm and active travel improvements supporting the redevelopment of the site.

Regenerating Easterhouse town centre

The proposal includes enhancement of the Lochs Shopping Centre building, public realm improvements at key access points, including the car park and public entrances, and wider access improvements to the active travel network to increase patronage and accessibility withing the local town centre, particularly focused on links to existing facilities and the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.

Regenerating Maryhill town centre

This proposal would advance delivery of regeneration within Maryhill Town Centre and the adjacent Transformational Regeneration Area, and help unlock development through a green infrastructure strategy. The project also aims to forge improved physical and active travel links to the city-wide active travel network and the local canal, including the Stockingfield Junction.

Possilpark liveable neighbourhood

This proposal would deliver a step change in the regeneration of Possilpark, focused on Saracen Street, Stonyhurst & Allander Streets, a number of adjacent brownfield sites, the creation of the new urban park at Cowlairs with the associated development platform, and the adoption of Carlisle Street.

This local town centre provides an accessible mix of shops and services and have significant potential for growth and place improvement.

Clyde connectivity

This proposal combines work packages that provide a people focus by removing the barriers of 1960s-style highway infrastructure and connecting the community with the QEUH, SEC and Glasgow city centre to the wider West of Scotland economic area.

This will include new active travel infrastructure, placemaking measures, green infrastructure, development opportunities and parking controls in the G51 area that will unlock multiple sites for increased connectivity and investment.