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Tuesday, 12 March, 2002, 15:32 GMT
Bright idea for city of light
The Gallery of Modern Art will be illuminated
A 2.6m plan to put Scotland's largest city in a different light has been launched.

A number of Glasgow's landmarks will be illuminated as part of a strategy aimed at boosting tourism and making people feel safer.

Prominent landmarks such as the city's Gallery of Modern Art and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall will be put in the spotlight.

But the plan also aims to brighten up other interesting features such as the A-listed block of high-rise flats at Anniesland Tower and the pontoon on the River Clyde near the city's Central Station.

Anniesland Tower
High rise illumination
Many public buildings around Glasgow are already floodlit.

However, from Tuesday evening new landmarks will take the limelight as part of the city council's lighting strategy.

Some buildings will be floodlit, while others will be individually made over with coloured lighting in a scheme which will cost 2.6m over the next three years.

The motive is to brighten the way the city looks and to create a pleasant, safe environment.

The Lighting Strategy could result in city streets being lit by white light rather than the traditional orange street illumination.

A pilot project in the Riddrie area of the city concluded that residents felt safer under white lights because they cast a clearer light that the eye could "understand" more easily.

Cranhill Water tower
The idea was tried during the year of architecture
Glasgow Council leader Charlie Gordon said: "I would stress that we want lighting to add to the feelgood factor for Glaswegians, to make the city feel safer and be safer.

"And we want to beautify our already outstanding architecture in Glasgow."

The idea has already been tried in the city.

During Glasgow's year as UK city of architecture and design in 1999, many landmarks were lit - including the water tower at Cranhill.

The city is seeking to emulate other European cities, such as Turin and Lyon, which have successful lighting strategies.

Pauline McLean reports
"The city will be seen in a different light."
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