George Square

Glasgow, UK. 2012

George Square is one of Britain’s great city-centre civic spaces. Originally laid out in the 1780s and developed incrementally over the following decades, it has been an important democratic space for rest, relaxation, celebration and political activism in Glasgow for more than two centuries. The practice’s international competition-winning design proposal heightens the synergies between the architectural and spatial qualities of the Square while respecting its democratic and social history. The design accentuates the Square’s pivotal position at precisely the point where the original Georgian city grid meets its Victorian extension. JMP’s proposed reconfiguration aligns with the historic ‘quadrant’ layout of the central space, providing an overlay of new functionality to enhance this great space with a re-energised civility for decades to come.