Buchanan Galleries expansion secures outline planning permission
April 23 2013Buchanan Galleries shopping centre has been approved in principle by Glasgow City Council, clearing the way for detailed designs to be drawn up by BDP for 500,000sq/ft of additional retail space, 15 new restaurants and a Vue Cinema.
This would more than double floor pace at the existing mall, which is set for significant disruption as a gargantuan 2,000 space car park, built just 14 years ago, is demolished to accommodate the new space with 1,700 replacement parking spaces stacked to the east of Queen Street Station.
Existing shops will also be given a makeover and awkward foibles of the existing centre resolved, such as a lack of direct pedestrian access from Buchanan Street to the bus station, an ignored Cathedral Street and the dank first impression presented to rail travellers at Dundas Street
Centre owners Land Securities and Henderson Global Investors only progressed the scheme on condition of a controversial £80m Tax Incremental Financing scheme, approved by the Scottish Government in October.
Chris Pyne, director of shopping centres at Henderson Global Investors, added: "We are confident that the plans which have been developed will create a first class retail and leisure destination for the City that will encourage further investment from national and international brands alike."
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