Civic Street

A project focused on creating inclusive and vibrant public space


Civic Street is located north of Glasgow city centre at the intersection of key pedestrian and cycle routes that connect the Forth & Clyde canal, Cowcaddens, Woodside and Speirs Locks.

The site used to sit adjacent to ‘Phoenix Park’ – a prominent public space that served the local communities of Cowcaddens and Woodside. Phoenix Park was lost with the construction of the M8 motorway in the 1960’s – effectively cutting off the area from the city centre and creating long-term issues with vacant and derelict land. Currently there is only one building on the street, Civic House, with two adjacent sites that have been vacant and overgrown for over 15 years.

We believe the site at Civic Street has amazing potential to become a welcoming and active space – creating a hub for sustainability, learning and connecting with local communities.

This project aims to re-establish the site as a vibrant public space by enhancing:

  • Access, cycling and walking routes
  • Space for growing, planting and biodiversity
  • Lighting, public art, and urban furniture – creating a safer and more welcoming space
  • Participation and engagement – testing and building ideas with local communities for the space to adapt and respond to local needs.

The project is led by Agile City CIC, based in Civic House, working in partnership with Glasgow Tool Library and Bike For Good.

Work has started to create an outdoor yard to host our partner organisations and a range of engagement activities. We are now starting a public engagement process to seek feedback from local people to shape the future of the site.

Funding has been awarded by SUSTRANS Places For Everyone Fund and Glasgow City Council’s Vacant & Derelict Land Fund to support this process and work with ERZ Landscape Architects to submit a planning application for site works in Autumn 2022.

This website aims to create a central hub for information about the project, presenting the site’s history and urban context; track recent developments and attend upcoming events.

Stage One of our public consultation on the site design is now live and we welcome your feedback!

If you have any questions about the project or would like to get involved – please send us an email –


May 2021

  • Work started to build Civic Street Yard to host our partner organisations; Bike For Good and Glasgow Tool Library

September 2021

  • Bike For Good – public programme launch. Bike fixing workshops, cycle rides, social events and more! Running until August 2022. Info here

April – June 2022

  • On-site community engagement with open days, drop-in sessions and street trail of proposed improvements and interventions to Civic Street and pathways.

June – September 2022

  • Civic Street summer events and activities – cycling, growing and making workshops.
  • Interactive lighting workshop with Unit Studio.

October 2022

  • Community engagement stage 2: feedback on planning application proposals

February 2023

  • Planning submission for public works – including a feedback period of 8 weeks