PROPOSALS to change the face of a city centre spot by the River Clyde have have taken a step forward. 

The "ambitious" plans will see around £25 million spent redeveloping the area around Custom House in Clyde Street and, across the water, in Carlton Place. 

City planners want to create a so-called River Park, which will include better green space and free up land for development and today announced that a team of designers to lead the project had been appointed.

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Plans have not been finalised and will be submitted to the public for consultation expected in the summer. 

But council chiefs expect the project to "unlock the potential of a key city centre site on the Clyde waterfront". 

The plans could see the embankement along the river extended up to 20 metres into the water, to allow more space for pedestrians and cyclists.

Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow city council added: "This is a very attractive location that will be transformed, creating a thriving place to complement other developments on and close to the river.” 

Stephen O’Malley, director of Civic Engineers, one of the firms appointed to design the scheme, said: "This ambitious project presents an incredible opportunity to reconnect the Clyde with the city core, allowing buildings, activity and people to pivot towards the river and capitalise on this world class, south-facing setting and all of the vitality this reframed amenity will bring.

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"Building on the experience of our role on the Avenues project, we will help shape the future for Custom House Quay as a coherent part of a series of city-wide, nature-based infrastructure projects."

The team announced today will be will be led by architects Hawkins-Brown and civil and structural engineers Civic Engineers, with associates Harrison Stevens, Urban Movement, Arch Henderson, Turley, Atelier Ten, LLP, New Practice, Turner & Townsend and ITP Energisec.