Vacant and derelict Glasgow

Glasgow has an enormous amount of vacant and derelict land. To put it into some form of context the following facts are all true:

Most of this vacant and derelict land is publicly owned (by Glasgow City Council or other public bodies), and in many cases it sits at the centre of an urban community.

The 2020 pandemic has generated even greater appreciation of the greenspaces and parks already extant in Glasgow, especially for residents without back gardens (e.g. those living in flats and tenements) and as such we want to explore how we can reactivate areas of forgotten land within the city.

For context, it is worth considering that if ALL of these 1000+ hectares of available land were converted in gardens, parks, or biodiverse wildflower areas, it would almost double public recreation space available for the people of Glasgow.

Accepting that redevelopment of all of the city’s vacant land is unlikely, at least in the short term; this project instead advocates for the development of as many of these spaces as possible for the public good.

Over the coming weeks and months we will propose potential uses that re-think, re-imagine and re-design the forgotten parcels of land dotted across the city.

The maps below pick out the locations of vacant and derelict land in Glasgow, who owns it, and also whether it is deemed ‘developable’.

If you have an idea on how to reactivate a piece of land within your community, get in touch with us at the following email: collaborate@lateralnorth.com

*These maps use publicly available information from here (2017 data was published in 2018 and reflects 2017 status. It is the most up to date data available publicly. 2018 data, published in April 2019, is only available to public bodies and the education sector).

The overall vacant and derelict land within Glasgow in 2017 was 1110.95 hectares. In 2018 this had reduced to 1,005 hectares. Detailed data is not available publicly for anytime after the data published in 2018. We have contacted the Scottish Government to obtain most up to date data and have been informed that we will be notified as and when that becomes publicly available.

The data from 2017 only plots point data rather than polygons of each piece of vacant and derelict land. If you wish to see the outline of a specific piece of vacant/derelict land then please follow the hyperlink above.