Glasgow has tall order for Europe's architects

(First Edition)

GLASGOW, Britain's most image-conscious city, has challenged architects from throughout Europe to design a 300ft (91m) tower which would be its tallest building and a recognised landmark.

The competition, sponsored by the Glasgow Development Agency and an architectural consultancy, offers a prize of pounds 10,000, but there is no guarantee that the winning entry will make it off the drawing board. However, the sponsors hope that a commercial backer will be found in due course.

Professor Stuart Gulliver, the agency's chief executive, said: 'The challenge we are setting for design professionals is to create an urban icon that instantly denotes Glasgow throughout the world.

'We are making a substantial statement about the future face of this city for the next millennium.'

The structure would symbolise the city's recent renaissance, and would offer panoramic views of a post-industrial success story.

From its viewing platform, Glaswegians and tourists could marvel at the tidy rows of Victorian tenements sandblasted back to their pink and honey-coloured splendour. They could also take in all the chic bars and bistros that have transformed the ambience of the city. They might even scan the cleaned-up river Clyde.

The definition of a tourist in Glasgow used to be someone who was lost. But this changed dramatically in 1988, when record numbers were enticed to Clydeside by a garden festival carved out of reclaimed dockland.

In 1990 - the year it revelled in the role of European City of Culture cents Glasgow welcomed 3 million visitors and achieved the status of Britain's third-biggest tourist destination. However, since those promotions tourist numbers have declined.

A recent spate of unprovoked stabbings have also taken some of the gloss off the new Glasgow, reviving memories of the rival razor gangs which long tarnished the reputation of Scotland's largest city.

The police seem to have got to grips with this crime wave, but the root cause remains unchallenged. Male unemployment has risen to 21.5 per cent.

The Glasgow Development Agency remains determinedly upbeat, insisting that the city's regeneration will resume when the recession lifts.

'When you try to turn around any city it takes almost 25 years. Glasgow still isn't halfway through that process,' Professor Gulliver said. He insists that it is poised to resume its place in the league of great European cities.

Recently, the agency proudly announced that it had been appointed as consultant to the organisation charged with planning the economic revival of eastern Germany.

The Treuhand, the largest development agency in Europe, will pay the Glasgow Development Agency pounds 200,000 next year for its advice on how to regenerate cities run down by 40 years of Communist rule.

'If Glasgow needed any convincing of its new international image, this must be it,' Professor Gulliver said.

'This consultancy work is not only an honour for the Glasgow Development Agency as an organisation, but a testimony to the city's hard work in picking itself up from the decay of the Sixties and the Seventies.'

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksNow available in paperback
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Ruby On Rails Developer

£45000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: PHP Web Developer

£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This an exciting opportunity to...

Recruitment Genius: Lift Engineer

£28000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Lift Engineer is required to jo...

Recruitment Genius: 2nd Line IT Support Engineer

£24000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company (Microsoft World W...

Day In a Page

In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible