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A Glasgow regeneration project is to use flower lights

30 November 09 15:12 GMT

Plans have been unveiled to regenerate an area in central Glasgow with 8m tall street lights in the style of pink, orange and yellow flowers.

The 52 "Phoenix Flowers" will run along Cowcaddens underpass which links to the Forth and Clyde Canal at Speirs Locks.

The £1.5m lighting system, commissioned by Glasgow Canal Partnership, is due to be switched on by Easter 2010.

It is hoped the lights will eventually continue through Speirs Locks and along the canalside.

'Colourful link'

The scheme is viewed as a key phase in developing the canal area into a hub for Scotland's creative and cultural industries.

Steve Dunlop, director of British Waterways Scotland said: "The Phoenix Flowers will rise up from the ashes of the old Phoenix Park, bringing new life to an area of Glasgow that has long been neglected.

"They will also help to build a strong new identity for the area and establish an important and colourful link from the city centre to Scotland's new centre for creative and cultural industries."

The Canal Partnership was formed in 2004 by Glasgow City Council, UK waterside regeneration specialists ISIS, and British Waterways.

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