New images showing how a redesigned George Square could look have been revealed ahead of a planning application being submitted by Glasgow City Council.

The features include high-quality stone throughout the Square; informal 'play’ areas for children in sensory gardens in the eastern areas; a proposed water feature; a raised lawn platform; bespoke sheltered seating; and feature lighting.

The main image shows the famous George Square statues relocated, but no final decisions have yet been made. The statues would be removed to be cleaned before returning to the Square.

The design for the eastern part of the Square responds to the formality of the City Chambers and of the Cenotaph, and a further raised green area has been proposed in front of the Cenotaph.

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The design for the western part of the Square suggests an area for cafes to spill out along with paved areas for events and may include a water feature.

A planning application for the redevelopment of the Square - Glasgow’s most important civic space - is to be submitted shortly by Glasgow City Council.

This planning application (for the developed concept design) provides one more opportunity for the communities around George Square and the people of Glasgow to have their say in the design process. 

The Herald: George Square bird's eye viewGeorge Square bird's eye view (Image: Glasgow City Council)

Given that aspects of the Square have major heritage and historical significance, the application will also be reviewed by Historic Environment Scotland.

The application is likely to be submitted w/c October 30, with the consultation period  likely to be between November and December 2023. 

If planning consent is given, work on the George Square project is likely to begin in Spring 2025, with completion in 2027.

The project is funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal, which is funded by the Scottish and UK Governments.