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November 27 2013

Silverburn extension breaks ground
Work to build a £20m extension to Glasgow’s Silverburn shopping centre has begun with contractor Graham Construction moving on-site of the 120,000sq/ft build.

Developer Hammerson is funding a 14 screen cineworld cinema, nine new restaurants, improved bingo facilities and new retail opportunities at the south side centre, which have been designed by BDP.

First phase works will entail demolition of the last remaining units at the Pollok Centre together with an existing bingo hall to create a new western entrance and improve connections to the bus station.

Guy Wells, development manager at Hammerson said: "The start of work on site is another major milestone in the delivery of the new leisure quarter at Silverburn which will firmly establish the centre as the premier retail experience in Glasgow and beyond."

The new extension is set to open its doors to the public in spring 2015.

6 Comments

Mac Mac
#1 Posted by Mac Mac on 27 Nov 2013 at 12:03 PM
Oh well, lets kill the town centre.
Does this type of building deserve praise or should we debate the effect that they are having on town and city centres?
David Graham
#2 Posted by David Graham on 27 Nov 2013 at 13:11 PM
Could not agree more. Why was this extension given planning permission? Supposedly after the original Silverburn construction the city plan was not permitting any more out of town retail or leisure developments. GCC have just made any hopes of re-vitalising Trongate/Sauchiehall Street much more difficult. And if the Buchanan Galleries extension goes ahead, central Glasgow's urban identity is going to move closer and closer to the model of Birmingham city centre, which is very unpleasant.
Cat Flap
#3 Posted by Cat Flap on 27 Nov 2013 at 14:06 PM
Like the architecture but fully concur with #1 & #2. I think cities on the scale of Glasgow can sustain out of town shopping centres for the time being, but for how long and what are the ramifications for the city centre in the long term.
The traditional centres of smaller towns which have adopted a similar model are ghost towns where people only meet if they shop in the same depressing charity shop or bookie, or in the car park of their local hypermarket.
I'm afraid this is just another step nearer the consuerlist ideal of nothing but large chain shops in soulless shopping centres / supermarkets. we're quick becoming a nation of shelf stackers and checkout operators.
Neil C
#4 Posted by Neil C on 27 Nov 2013 at 15:39 PM
I suspect this has been approved to try and lure people away from Braehead in Renfrewshire, which is itself planning a major extension in the near future.
Ball
#5 Posted by Ball on 28 Nov 2013 at 06:25 AM
Does this new development to enhance and connect with the bus station, health centre and civic realm? Surely this is a positive development as previously it felt like Silverburn had its back turned to the existing facilities.
Kristofor mcguire
#6 Posted by Kristofor mcguire on 29 Mar 2014 at 12:46 PM
Silverburn is claiming to be building 14 screening halls and 9 restaurants in the expansion, but in actual fact, there is only 8 resteraunts and 11 screens.

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