Our outer space transformation

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Posted on April 8th 2021
Dr Gillian Lang holds plants in the moat around Glasgow Science Centre

The outdoor space at Glasgow Science Centre's location on Pacific Quay is getting a major makeover.

It's a substantial transformation; part of the £4 million Connect programme; and will extend the science centre’s exhibitions, spaces and outreach programmes.

Work has started to improve the greenery and biodiversity of our site and sees the installation of wetland moats, more trees and meadow planting.

A Fibonacci Garden, inspired by the shape sequence observed in pine cones, leaves and other parts of nature, will be a social space for people to relax and an event space for science engagement activities.

Plus, we're helping to facilitate active travel into and through Pacific Quay with work to create a two-way cycle way and large cycle park. We hope this will encourage more cyclists along the Clydeside, and link better to national cycle routes.

We are working hard to ensure the work to enhance the outdoor space will be completed by July 2021.

Dr Gillian Lang wearing a hard hat as improvement works begin outside Glasgow Science Centre

Dr Gillian Lang, who is deputy director of science at Glasgow Science Centre said: “We’re so excited that this transformation is underway and can’t wait for visitors to come and explore the new space once it’s ready.

We’re creating safe, outdoor learning spaces with exciting hands-on exhibits and opportunities to connect with nature.

“The aim is to create a community and civic outdoor space that is loved, social and interactive; connecting the science centre to the community, to the environment and to the city.”

The development of Glasgow Science Centre’s outdoor space was funded by the Inspiring Science Fund and Sustrans.

Chiquita Elvin, interim head of infrastructure and delivery for Sustrans Scotland, said: “We are delighted to support the revamp of the public spaces around the Science Centre through our Transport Scotland-funded Places for Everyone scheme.

“Glasgow Science Centre has worked closely with the children and young people visiting the centre to develop designs that make it easier for everyone to access the site sustainably and to create a public space where everyone will want to spend more time. The route through the site will also be improved for the people crossing the Clyde on foot or by wheel."

We'll keep you posted of the exciting changes taking place on our social media channels and website.

Glasgow Science Centre will reopen in the summer, but visits must be booked in advance.



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