Scottish streets made in Sheffield opening today...

Glasgow boulevard, made in Sheffield
Glasgow boulevard, made in Sheffield
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They are streets and squares, walkways and cycle lanes first dreamed up in a Sheffield cutlery factory. Now the feet of the world are set to walk them this summer.

Thousands of athletes and sports fans from across the globe will descend on Glasgow this month for the 20th Commonwealth Games. And many of the roads, boulevards, grass patches and public spaces which surround the venues and competitors’ village - like this one pictured - have, as The Diary exclusively revealed in April, been designed here in the Steel City. Specifically, in a small office in John Street, by city architect firm Ares.

Now, today, they are being opened, ahead of the games beginning on July 23.

“It’s exciting,” says director Ricardo Ares, of Millhouses, who, after today, will turn his attentions to improving Sheffield’s own Pinball Square. “I’m more looking forward to seeing them in a couple of weeks when they’re packed with people.”

The £4.3 million improvements include a new public square outside the Scottish city’s Dalmarnock Train Station, a new walkway along the River Clyde (complete with fishing platforms), and a new cycle and pedestrian link way connecting the station to the games venues.

Several streets have been reset, resurfaced, replanted and given new lighting.