Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Geographers Go to Glasgow!

Geographers Go to Glasgow!

Upper Sixth Geographers learned last Sunday that ‘Extreme Geography’ need not involve exposed mountain summits or fast flowing rivers. In conditions which locals were describing as “a wee bit chilly”, our Geordie Geographers battled icy winds, torrential rain and heavy snow showers on an exciting day-visit to Glasgow. They opted for the 7-hour return minibus trip to examine the urban regeneration schemes which have turned Scotland’s biggest city from a run-down industrial no-go area to one of Europe’s leading cosmopolitan cities.
 
Mingling with Christmas shoppers, the students discovered a vibrant city centre which attracts residents and visitors alike to the second most successful retail centre after London, along with a host of cultural venues, attractive street art and a refurbished architectural heritage. Walking along the river brought to life the reality of the £4 billion brownfield Clyde Waterfront Project with popular leisure and tourist activities, huge conference facilities, business parks and the gentrified housing which has replaced declined dockside industry.

Guided by invited guest, Mrs Jill Cronin, a former Glasgow City Council housing manager, tours of The Gorbals inner city housing and the Castlemilk peripheral housing estate showed a significant measure of regenerative success through integrated partnership schemes involving the City Council, Scottish Enterprise, local businesses and residents.

Investigating the contrasting socioeconomic geography of Carmunnock village and examining the counter-urbanising influence of East Kilbride new town completed this long day’s study before dietary replenishment at Frankie & Benny’s and the long, dark road back to Newcastle.