01 Oct 2018
It has been a week of positive news stories for Glasgow. Here are some of the best.
Scotland’s Urban AGE, a report commissioned by Burness Paull which examines the future of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, was published this week - co-authored by Glasgow School of Art Professor Brian Evans.
It proposed several recommendations to ensure future success, including fast track rail links, both within Scotland and linking with other countries.
The report stated: “Other countries, notably France, have done a great deal to shrink distance and time by investing in advanced infrastructure to sped up communications and enhance mobility in their urban systems.
“For example, a fast rail link from Edinburgh via Glasgow and Belfast to Dublin built in partnership with the Irish government and Northern Irish administration, with a Celtic version of the Oresund Bridge, in the North Channel with fast links to Aberdeen via Dundee and to Inverness would be ambitious, visionary and transformative for all concerned.”
Commenting on plans for a rail link between Glasgow city centre and Glasgow Airport which are currently on hold, Professor Evans said: “It is a corresponding lunacy that it is not possible to get on a fast train straight from the airport to Glasgow or Falkirk or Edinburgh.”
Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce said: “We’re keen to have the airport connected to the rail system and not just from the airport to the city centre. We would also like to solve the fact that you can’t get a direct train link to Manchester.”
Analysis of commercial property activity in Scotland by property consultancy Savills has shown that investments in the Scottish commercial real estate market have so far totalled £1.74 billion in 2018, with a further £265 million under offer at the start of fourth quarter.
Half of that has taken place in Glasgow, a significantly larger share of overall investment than in previous years.
Savills Glasgow investment team director Stuart Orr, said: “Having lived in the shadow of Edinburgh for many years, research suggests that perhaps we’re seeing the beginning of Glasgow’s resurgence.”
Glasgow annual Tenement Trails festival takes place on Saturday at venues across the city centre including The Garage, Broadcast, Firewater, Nice N Sleazy and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
Chae Houston, director of Tenement Trail, said: “The idea is that you have opportunities to see lots of bands in and around the same area, that you’ll take a chance on seeing someone new, someone who may have only had one or two songs out.”
For more information, please visit www.tenementtrail.com
International lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret’s new flagship store opened this week on Buchanan Street, with some shoppers queuing for over an hour to get into the shop when doors opened.
Alongside lingerie, the shop will also sell a range of scents and body-care products, including the PINK brand.
Glasgow-based hospitality group Rusk & Rusk announced that it is to open a new concept restaurant, So L.A., later this year.
The new Californian-inspired eatery will be on Mitchell Street, and joins Rusk & Rusk’s impressive existing portfolio, which includes Hutchesons City Grill, the 158 Club Lounge, The Butchershop Bar & Grill and The Spanish Butcher.
For more information on So LA, please visit: www.solaglasgow.com
At the end of October, Princes Square will welcome a new retail outlet and bar from gin and whisky distiller Eden Mill - the company’s first outside its St Andrews base.
It will be home to Eden Mill’s Blendworks concept and a new Jax bar, which will serve cocktails designed by the company’s distillers.
The news follows announcements from a string of high-profile brands confirming new premises at Princes Square, including luxury cinema operator Everyman Cinemas and international fashion retailer Kate Spade New York.