Glasgow City council may move its office buildings from city centre to ‘key regeneration areas’ in order to make best use of its land estate, as it is thought the move would allow effective delivery of council services and also act as a catalyst for social and economic regeneration in local communities.
Councillors discussed a new property and land strategy at a committee meeting yesterday and a decision will be made soon on whether the plans will be adopted. The possible relocation of council offices from the city centre to regeneration areas across Glasgow is one action that may be delivered through the strategy. The council has the biggest land and property estate in Glasgow, with more than 1,000 operational properties, including schools and nurseries, care homes, offices, community and sports centres, museums, galleries and libraries, as well as surplus property and land.
Such a large estate plays a significant role in the life of the city, helping neighbourhoods throughout Glasgow thrive, and the council is committed to working with local communities to rethink how these are used to ensure that – in an era of challenging finances for local authorities – its facilities are fit for purpose; solutions are found to protect our built heritage; derelict sites are restored to productive use; and that ownership is opened up to other groups and organisations where appropriate and possible….
… relocating city centre services to support regeneration across Glasgow through identifying suitable locations owned by the council or partners in key regeneration districts, and planning for a phased withdrawal from higher-cost city centre locations. This would reduce costs and increase local employment opportunities…
… Where council properties are of particular cultural or heritage importance, an innovative approach to their management and purpose would be taken, with plans put it in place – working with heritage bodies – to maintain and protect these buildings and put them to productive use where appropriate. The strategy would also repurpose the council’s under-occupied and surplus properties through identification of those properties which would be developed in the long-term and those which can be marketed, and this would reduce costs, raise capital receipts and allow regeneration by both the public and private sectors.