Lighten up!

Shawlands Academy.
Shawlands Academy.

SHAWLANDS is proving it is just the place to be with a UK first.

The Shawlands Gate project has come to fruition and last night was the big switch-on.

The project is a unique animation and lighting display which is projected onto the walls of Shawlands Academy.

The scheme — involving pupils and staff from the school, Glasgow city council and various local organisations — is a first for the UK.

It is all part of the current efforts to re-establish Shawlands as a key destination for shoppers and those visiting the areas’ bars restaurants and clubs.

It is the end result of a collaboration between the city council and partner bodies along with those from the school.

Set to kick off yesterday, the animation and light display will use the front elevation of the school and promises some amazing sights.

The project, part of the Curriculum for Excellence programme, saw the pupils learn about their school and local spaces, landscaping, public art, the making of important decisions in a community as well as animation and lighting.

The Shawlands Gate project aimed to develop the role of the school and its pupils in the community and engage them in regenerating Shawlands town centre as the heart of Glasgow’s south side.

Involved with the school to see through the project were Glasgow city council, Glasgow Life, Shawlands Academy parent teacher council, Architecture and Design Scotland, lighting designers Light Collective, the local business community, Shawlands and Strathbungo community council, the Langside Area Committee and the Pollokshields Area Committee.

Councillor Archie Graham, chair of the Shawlands Town Centre steering group, said: “The Shawlands Gate project is a great example of what a school and community can do to improve their area.

“The lighting display transforms what had previously been a fairly dark street into a welcoming gateway into the centre of Shawlands — one of the most important hubs in Glasgow’s southside.

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the project for their fantastic work”.

Glasgow city council has, over the past few years, been involved in consultation with residents, businesses and visitors to Shawlands Town Centre for their ideas on how the area could be improved and strengthen its position as the heart of the city’s southside.

Some £3.3 million of funding to implement some of the necessary measures to deliver these improvements was made available by the city council a few months ago.