Inspired by the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design, Community Links PLUS is a design competition hosted by Sustrans Scotland and the Scottish Government. Community Links PLUS sought big, bold and innovative projects which would be game-changers for active travel in Scotland.
Successful entries needed to demonstrate an integrated approach to placemaking, integrating community engagement, urban design, and promotion of walking and cycling, to generate projects on a scale not yet seen in Scotland.
Today we are very pleased to be able to announce the winner of the design competition is Glasgow City Council’s South City Way project.
The South City Way will run from Glasgow’s Victoria Road to the Stockwell Street junction near the Merchant City, improving facilities for those on foot, fostering more vibrant streets and creating a 3km segregated cycleway from the densely populated Southside of Glasgow into the city centre. The project will improve the look and feel of the area and help give the city one of the most cohesive, high-quality urban cycle networks in the UK.
The winner was unveiled by Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands, at an event in Glasgow. Mr Yousaf said:
“The quality of all five final bids was extremely high in this new and exciting infrastructure competition and I am delighted to see the winner announced. Glasgow City Council has shown real ambition and vision towards improving conditions for people who choose to walk or cycle along a major commuter belt, while also connecting a densely populated area with the city centre.
“The Scottish Government is committed to encouraging healthier and greener travel and we are investing more than £1 billion per annum to encourage people out of their cars. Transport Scotland supports projects which take active travel to the next level and this project will certainly do that by encouraging more people to make everyday journeys by foot or by bike.”
The winner was selected by a cross-sector panel of experts: Mr Roy Brannen, Chief Executive, Transport Scotland; Dr Dave Caesar, National Clinical Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer, NHS Scotland; Ms Katy Syme, Consultant, BRE Scotland, representing the 2050 Climate Group; Mr Riccardo Marini, Director, Gehl Architects; Ms Sara Thiam, Regional Director, Institution of Civil Engineers in Scotland; Mr Stuart Watson, Senior Architect, Planning and Architecture Division, The Scottish Government.
The other finalists were: Highland Council’s Inverness City Active Travel Network, City of Edinburgh Council’s City Centre West East Cycle Link (CCWEL), Glasgow City Council’s Woodside Mini-Holland, and East Dunbartonshire Council’s Burnbrae Roundabout and Connections.