Forth and Clyde Canal: Lock 27 Feasibility Study

12 January 2005 | blog, place making, waterfronts

Lock 27, Forth and Clyde Canal, Glasgow
We have been commissioned by British Waterways Scotland (with yellow book and Jacobs Babtie) to undertake a feasibility study of the Lock 27 area. The study is intended to encompass a planning and urban design strategy for the site, an engineering, technical and roads assessment, and a commercial viability and delivery strategy.

The brief states that, ‘Lock 27 and the adjoining basin is already a small node of activity on the Forth & Clyde Canal. British Waterways has recently constructed an amenity block (boaters facility) and pontoons immediately to the west of the basin. There is an opportunity to increase waterspace and canal activity at this location.’
Lock 27, Forth and Clyde Canal, Glasgow
The stated objectives of the study are to identify the feasibility of water-related development opportunities at this location and identify the scope for increasing the existing basin in line with development opportunities. It is considered important to create a nodal point of canal-related activity at this location as well as to identify a delivery strategy to undertake redevelopment of this area.

In examining these matters we are required to consider the site’s context both in terms of the surrounding city, the canal network, and transport connections. Also, access requirements for vehicular and pedestrian movement require to be considered.

Lock 27 Proposals

Lock 27 Photogallery

Willie Miller, the founder and principal of WMUD, died on 12th January 2021 after a short illness. Willie was a much-loved husband and father and had a huge circle of friends  and professional colleagues. He was a multi-talented urban designer whose work had a major impact on hundreds of cities, towns and neighbourhoods throughout the UK and over the past 25 years. He also worked in Ireland, the Channel Islands and the USA.

Ines Triebel has been with WMUD since 2005, and she will continue the practice, drawing on her skills as a planner and designer. Ines has worked on place strategies, masterplans, policy guidance, regeneration and development frameworks, and the design of public realm and streetscape projects. She has extensive experience of working with communities, including charrettes.

WMUD will continue its long-standing strategic partnerships with Benton Scott-Simmons, Nick Wright Planning, Kevin Murray Associates, icecream architecture, yellow book and others. Please direct inquiries to Ines at [email protected] or contact any of the practices named above.