Laurieston is a district in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, situated south of the River Clyde. Historically it is one of the most iconic of the areas in the Gorbals, due to the imposing 60’s high rise blocks which used to dominate the area. However, currently the area has one of the worst records in Scotland for ill health; it is ranked as 'most deprived' in the Health Deprivation Decile of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. It is ranked in the top 5% of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.
Across Laurieston a series of rundown public spaces, unsightly development sites and poor quality public realm means that the existing environment on people's doorstep is of an extremely poor quality. Local people have been unable to use it for recreation, physical activity or for community purposes; what they see when they look out the window are unmanaged, derelict and grey spaces.
The Community Placemaking project focused on a series of open and green areas around the Norfolk Court high rise. These consist of amenity space and public realm immediately surrounding the high rise and the Citizens Garden, a small formal public garden owned by Glasgow City Council, leased temporarily to GHLN. The sites also include the area occupied by a neighbouring high rise, (now demolished leaving a large expanse of fenced off vacant space), large areas of grassland, and a number of formal and informal access routes through the area.
The vision for Laurieston outlined in the report focuses on short term and temporary actions to improve its green and public spaces over the next few years, before longer term development plans are taken forward for the area.
The intention is to provide a functional and attractive series of local spaces that residents and local groups and organisations can use ‘in the meantime’. The focus will be on taking forward improvements and interventions based on the existing spaces, facilities and infrastructure that exist.
Download the Lauriston Placemaking report here