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Elgin shopping mall expansion set for approval

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October 15 2013

Elgin shopping mall expansion set for approval
Moray Council have recommended for approval a plan to expand Elgin’s St Giles Centre to incorporate expanded retail provision and a new bus station.

Robertson Property and Upland Developments are seeking to build an additional 4,500sq/m of space, doubling the size of the existing centre.

Designed by Archial the scheme will see the façade retention of a C-listed building on the High Street to allow construction of a new four storey retail development connected to the existing St Giles Centre behind.

Councillors are expected to green light the scheme in light of the potential beneficial effects to Elgin’s High Street and to combat growing competition from Inverness and Aberdeen.

A final decision will be made later today.
Behind a retained facade the existing centre will more than double in size
Behind a retained facade the existing centre will more than double in size

2 Comments

Cat Flap
#1 Posted by Cat Flap on 15 Oct 2013 at 14:04 PM
How long was spent on the monolithic shed to the bus station area? This isn't just a service yard (as the attention paid to this rear elevation would suggest) this is how the vast majority of people who drive through Elgin along the A96 will see the centre.
Too many of the recent retail developments along the North edge of the High Street simply turn their back on this elevation and it's as poor as the supermarkets on the opposite side of the ring road.
Ian Nairn Jr
#2 Posted by Ian Nairn Jr on 16 Oct 2013 at 08:49 AM
Agree with Catflap. This is no ordinary, 'hidden' rear elevation, and more attention should have been be paid to it.

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