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One step forward, two steps back

December 8 2008

One step forward, two steps back
Plans to remove a cascade of steps from the front porch of Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall have been met with vociferous opposition from Historic Scotland.

The heritage body has begun formal procedures that will consider the steps for Listed Building status.

Current designs from BDP for the revamped Buchanan Galleries shopping Centre envision removal of the landmark steps for a new gateway structure.

The £100m works are being funded by Henderson Global Investors and Land Securities

Glasgow SNP MSP Bill Kidd has been forthright in his opposition, penning an objection letter to the built environment custodians: “The idea that a faceless shopping centre should be built over this public realm is an absolute disgrace and I don’t think the people of Glasgow will stand by and allow that to happen.

“I believe the steps are iconic and delineate the top of what is arguably Glasgow’s finest street.  They are well used by the public and form a public realm as well as a grand entrance to a civic amenity.”

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