The 'winning' architect met the public today to discuss how his company's plans can go ahead. John McAslan met more than 30 people who turned out this afternoon to make sure their opinions on the scrapped redevelopment plan for the civic space were heard. He said:
"I am here because I think it is important that architects are seen as people who listen and who engage. We are prepared to engage and we want to try and rescue something from this process," said John.
I would like to see something happen. I am from Glasgow, I was born in Glasgow, all of my family is from Glasgow and my great-grandfather wrote the history of Glasgow in 1920 so it is in my blood.
To me you wouldn’t get a better commission than George Square because it is where I am from.
It is all very personal. It is not about money, it is about trying to do what you think is the right thing and because of my upbringing I have got a stickler when I think processes aren’t followed. Politicians are known for wriggling around.
I would like to meet Gordon Matheson. It is good to meet somebody who you can engage with and have two people who share two very strong views about something.
He will have a strong view and I will have a strong view but I can honestly see a positive outcome.
I think that the reason it was dropped was because he [Councillor Matheson] didn’t get the scheme that he wanted to win. He was part of the process that selected the winner and I think you have to honour that.
You had really good firms entering and his actions undermine the process. But I would like to think that we can draw a line under it. We are in the second stage which is to engage.
We have had this meeting which has been great and people turned up and we will get the social media thing going. We will develop ideas, have public meetings, talk about it and by the time we meet Councillor Matheson have a plan.
It’s all about communications and you can communicate an idea slightly differently. What we have done is two tiny little shifts, one is more greenery by turning off the water and the second a slightly less linear approach by turning down the limestone, that’s graphics."
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Revised plan attached.