Connecting Clydebank is a transformational project which seeks to revitalise the civic core of Clydebank; forming essential links with the ongoing Queen’s Quay development, the present town centre and the many active and public transport routes into the area. It aims to link different strands of investment to reinforce Clydebank as a destination.
The project originated from a successful Charette process in 2015 (refer Clydebank Charrette Action Plan) and has been progressing in consultation with funding partner Sustrans following the successful funding award from the Sustrans Community Links Programme in 2016.
The design was advanced, taking into account the comments received following community consultation and the results of detailed technical assessments and traffic modelling.
The Connecting Clydebank project relates to the A814 (Glasgow Road/ Dumbarton Road) between Clydebank Library and to the west of the Argyll Road junction.
The proposals incorporate the following key design elements:
A 20-mph zone along the A814 to create a sense of place and arrival.
Pedestrian and cycle movements between Queen’s Quay / Titan Crane and town centre enhanced through a high-quality pedestrian environment, better and improved pedestrian crossings and links to public transport.
Introduction of innovative pedestrian crossing arrangements at Hall St and Hume St
Use of high quality surface materials and raised tables at key locations to maximise the potential of existing civic spaces such as Solidarity Plaza and International Asbestos Memorial.
Car parking including disability spaces and loading have been included and formulated within the design.
Surfacing design to Hall Street provides a setting for the Town Hall which will improve visitor experience and has the potential to encourage further activity to occur outside the building enhancing further its role as the civil hub of Clydebank.
Improvements to the A814 for buses enhancing reliability of bus travel and experience of public transport users.
Improvements to footways to promote economic activity for existing businesses and also encourages further investment.
Places an emphasis on the heritage of Clydebank through use of high quality materials and promotes key locations such as the Town Hall and Library by improving the setting round them and the connection to them.
Source: West Dunbartonshire Council
Clydebank has a population of 30,824 taking in the wards of Clydebank Central and Clydebank Waterfront. It’s town centre is a key regeneration site. It was subject to a Design Charrette in February 2015, the purpose of which was to develop a new community-inspired vision for the town.
The charrette report contains a 2025 vision for Clydebank town centre and a series of development, transport and business support actions to achieve this. The Council are progressing the short term actions arising from the charrette.
These are contained within the Charrette Action Plan and relate to a number of projects within the town centre including the Play Drome site, the Co-op building, Improved Public Realm along the A814, investigating a BID for Clydebank Business Park and the possibility of a new transport interchange at Chalmers Street.
The priority action from the charrette is creating an enhanced link between the town centre and Clydebank’s other key regeneration site of Queens Quay. This is being taken forward as the Connecting Clydebank project.
Queens Quay (98.84 acres) is one of the most significant regeneration projects in west-central Scotland. It is the already the location for the Clydebank campus of West College Scotland and the new Clydebank Leisure Centre together with offices for West Dunbartonshire Council at Aurora House and other office users at the Titan Enterprise Centre.
A masterplan has been produced for the rest of the site which identifies space for a new 80 bed care home, the relocation of Clydebank Health Centre, 1,029 residential, new civic space and a liner park with walking and cycling routes, to be implemented over the next 7 to 12 years. Details of the redevelopment of Queens Quay can be found on the Queens Quay website.
Source: West Dunbartonshire Council