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February 16, 2022
City & Land

Official Opening for Milngavie Streetscape


City & Land

Official Opening for Milngavie Streetscape

Last week, we attended the official opening of our recently completed streetscape works in Milngavie Town Centre.

Since 2018, Page\Park have been working closely with Milngavie BID, a community organisation formed of stakeholders and representatives of local businesses, to strategise and deliver a series of incremental projects in Milngavie Town Centre.

This relationship began when Page\Park was appointed to develop proposals for artwork in Milngavie, at the start of the West Highland Way. Since then, Page\Park has supported Milngavie BID to deliver this phase of streetscape improvements in 2021, accompanied by a public realm masterplan, which sets out a long term vision for the BID to take ownership of and implement.

Located at a key town centre node, the central part of this project is a new gathering area, formed of seating, planters, and interpretative elements. A monolithic mural-map in corten makes the gathering area immediately identifiable from a distance, and reinforces its position as the centre of the town. The project incorporates artwork and interpretation throughout all its elements, most prominently in the mural-map, but also in several corten screens, a prototype unit located on Station Road, and through a large slate and bronze artwork embedded in the paving of the gathering area.

 

“These fantastic improvements have helped to transform the area around the play park and have been popular with residents of all ages, walkers and visitors. Around 40,000 people per year converge on the town centre thanks to the West Highland Way and this is a great way to encourage them to spend more time here, while attracting additional interest from East Dunbartonshire and beyond.”
Tony I'Anson, Manager of Milngavie BID

Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader of the Council, said, “I’m delighted to welcome these stunning new additions to the precinct, which will hopefully encourage even more people into the town centre. As well as helping folk to find their way around, they encourage active travel, and raise awareness of the area’s history and stories.”

Councillor Vaughan Moody, Joint Leader of the Council, added, “The area opposite the entrance to the West Highland Way is a¬†terrific focal point for people to meet and interact – old and young, residents and visitors. We’re committed to improving all our town centres and it’s great to work with partners like Milngavie BID on such exciting initiatives.”