Friday, 25 March 2016

Shawlands Plans for a Plaza Major

A new civic square is planned, in the neighbouring village of Crossmyloof, aimed at providing a cultural heart to the thriving Greater Shawlands community.

The new Shawlands Cross Civic Square (hopefully someone will come up with a better name than that) is part of a £3million-plus scheme for the, ever improving, Southside.  The development, will increase accessibility to Queens Park from Shawlands Cross and effectively extend Glasgow's third largest park into the Southside's main thoroughfare. 

The Pollokshaws Road/Langside Avenue junction at Shawlands Cross has long been home to the A-Listed Langside Halls, the key civic building of the area, and has more recently adopted the Queen's Park Farmers' Market.  The corner also hosts a wide range of shops, restaurants and pubs, many of which provide live music and other cultural activities. A number of sporting venues are also located on corner, which is presently used primarily as a taxi rank.

The development will relocate the taxi rank and replace it with a European style Plaza Major providing an area, furnished with seating, ambient lighting and fountains.  It is envisaged that the setting will also play host to cultural shows and events (concerts, drama, festivals, exhibitions...). 

It is hoped that the exciting venture will add to the rich tapestry of cultural activities already available in Strathbungo, whilst attracting tourists to the village and the Greater Shawlands area.