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Calton Barras

Client Glasgow City Council
Value £1.3 million
Location Glasgow


Located in the east end, “The Barras” is renowned within Glasgow and the outlying areas for its weekend market trade. The famous Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom which was originally opened in 1934 and holds over 2,000 people, is still used today as a concert venue.

This public realm streetscape regeneration in the east end of Glasgow was the first major infrastructure redevelopment of the area in decades, and involved streetscaping, the upgrading of street lighting, and the installation of CCTV cameras.

The overall goal of Glasgow City Council was to bring investment and breathe new life into the area. Previously dimly lit streets with walkways in need of upgrade, which felt unsafe for users, were to be upgraded to become brightly lit streets with modern LED lighting, CCTV cameras and increased connectivity in the walkways, thus giving the end users an improved and more aesthetically appealing experience.


From early in the project, as principal contractor, Covanburn had to work collaboratively with a number of stakeholders, including: Glasgow City Council; Community Safety Glasgow; Traffcom; Development and Regeneration Services (DRS).

A large part of our collaboration on this project included working with The Barras Trust, existing shop owners, and local residents to agree working times, market stall boundaries, and event dates in the Barrowland Ballroom.

There was almost daily communication over a number of months with Glasgow City Council Lighting Department to co-ordinate the installation of the new lighting ducting, circuit and columns.

The work involved on this project included:

  • Earthworks
  • Kerbing and ducting
  • Footpath works
  • Carriageway works
  • Signage
  • LED lighting installation
  • CCTV installation
  • Traffic signal installation



12 months duration

Over 4 thousand granite sets were laid during this Public Realm work
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