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£300m Buchanan Galleries expansion plan unveiled

November 14 2013

£300m Buchanan Galleries expansion plan unveiled
Land Securities and Henderson Global Investors have unveiled their vision for a 1.2m sq/ft expansion of Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries shopping mall.

Offering a mix of retail and leisure space the extension would accommodate two anchor tenants in the form of a 150,000sq/ft Marks & Spencer and a reconfigured 300,000sq/ft John Lewis.

Once complete in 2017 the BDP designed centre will house 100 shops, 25 restaurants and a multi-screen cinema and will be directly connected to a revamped Queen Street Station.

The extension will be built on land bounded by North Hanover Street and Killermont Street currently occupied by a giant 2,000 space multi-storey car park.

Nick Davis, development director at Land Securities said: “Not only will the new development give us the opportunity to strengthen our shopping offer and environment but also deliver the very best in dining and entertainment for our customers.”
Construction work is expected to commence next year.
The extension will enhance Buchanan Galleries retail and leisure offer and add to growing momentum on the Cathedral Street corridor
The extension will enhance Buchanan Galleries retail and leisure offer and add to growing momentum on the Cathedral Street corridor


Edward Harkins
#1 Posted by Edward Harkins on 14 Nov 2013 at 10:55 AM
Any development that will better utilise a city centre site, "currently occupied by a giant 2,000 space multi-storey car park", has to start with my support and best wishes.
#2 Posted by monkey9000 on 14 Nov 2013 at 11:43 AM
Edward, you think the car park is just going to vanish? Surely they will be building another close by and probably larger to accommodate the increased usage?
John Connelly
#3 Posted by John Connelly on 14 Nov 2013 at 13:27 PM
The replacement car park, more or less the same size as the original, will be built adjacent to Queen St station with access off Cathedral Street/North Hanover St. All this does is displace the cars to the south.
Rem Koolbag
#4 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 14 Nov 2013 at 15:36 PM
...closer to George Square
#5 Posted by Alan on 14 Nov 2013 at 17:33 PM
I welcome the development although with a bigger more modern M&S coming to the centre, the one on argyll street will surely close. Not good for a street which is already struggling to survive.
James MArtin
#6 Posted by James MArtin on 15 Nov 2013 at 09:03 AM
What about the cinema that is already in the city centre? there is a huge Cineworld, surely that doesn't make sense to create a new one so close
Thomas Adams
#7 Posted by Thomas Adams on 15 Nov 2013 at 09:43 AM
I really have mixed emotions about this. In principle it's a yes - boosting the economy, the building industry, 'creating' new jobs in retail etc. But a no on the wider view- which shops are actually going to take the space, what knock on effect is this going to have on Sauchihall and Argyle St which already have lots of unused shops and what jobs are going to be lost in the current stores to relocate? If, for example, they said it was going to contain a Sellfridges or a Harvey Nics then great, but a new M&S??!! We should be looking to redevelop and revitalise other parts of the city centre and not just a relatively new space anyway. Also agree with the completely mental idea of a new cinema- cineworld destroyed what was left of the Odeon!!! Plus the plans I saw were to build the new car park ON TOP on the bus station with a newly modelled station underneath.
#8 Posted by lynnybmx on 15 Nov 2013 at 11:04 AM
This development makes no sense on a master planning scale. The area where the main entrance is faces out onto the bus station and a busy road - away from the hub of Buchanan Street and not somewhere shoppers/visitors frequent in any way. I agree with the comments above, money should be spent on regenerating the main shopping streets of Argyle and Sauchiehall to encourage growth throughout the city centre and not extending it further out of this area. You only have to look at the Aberdeen development of Union Square to see how these large "retail parks" in the city centre destroy the main streets and alienate visitors and shoppers.
Art Vandelay
#9 Posted by Art Vandelay on 15 Nov 2013 at 13:35 PM
It's a tricky one. There's definitely something to be said for trying to create some kind of outlook onto the bus station to try and enliven Killermont Street, which at present is very much the 'back' of the centre. That said, with Killermont Street still very much in use, it remains to be seen what kind of impact this will have. Personally I'd like to see it pedestrianised, giving scope for a more considered integration of the bus station with the rest of the city - the current Galleries block acts as too much of a barrier.

In terms of the wider impact on retail, I'd suggest that Argyle and Sauchiehall Streets would probably require even more investment than the new extension would cost - Glasgow's retail core is now centred on Buchanan St and the other two have become fairly seedy backwaters. Part of the problem (aside from the concentration within a Galleries or St Enoch type building) is that Sauchiehall St in particularly has been left to decay for so long, it needs a complete overhaul to even begin to support any kind of long term recovery.
Massimo van der Partick
#10 Posted by Massimo van der Partick on 15 Nov 2013 at 14:15 PM
Seriously, who needs another multi screen cinema adjacent to the existing enormous Cineworld? And who needs another M&S or another branch of those already present in the town? I never grasped the idea of the same brands multiplied in the area of Golden-Z. River Island, Boots, H&M, Burton, M&S, Primark - just to mention few of them. And do you know what's going to happen with Queen St Station? I'll tell you, I've seen it in Poland where some MAIN train stations became parts of shopping malls: people struggle to simply find ticket desks because commercial investors don't give a dime about the transportation role, they just want to commercialise as much of the space as possible. So - from me it is a big NO-NO.
Thomas Hamilton
#11 Posted by Thomas Hamilton on 15 Nov 2013 at 14:36 PM
I doubt this will create any new shops, just suck some of the existing ones of the surrounding streets.
#12 Posted by brian on 16 Nov 2013 at 14:56 PM
Good in one breath and bad in another,Trongate etc Glasgow cross the most historic part of the city is going to nosedive even further, a shame because ,People are trying locally to help like the panopticon theatre and little shops,are being sacrificed for huge retail which itself is nosediving!!!!!
#13 Posted by Murray on 17 Nov 2013 at 20:23 PM
Any investment in Glasgow is good news. Hopefully the next bit of investment will relate to argyle st.
I would also like to see Buchanan st connect with the Clyde - this would mean knocking down a few buildings. All the big euro cities have nice developments near their rivers; we don't.
#14 Posted by Charlie_ on 18 Nov 2013 at 21:25 PM
Perhaps this could all be an opportunity to reimagine Sauchiehall street and Argyle street as something better than linear mega-malls that turn to ghost towns at 6pm?
#15 Posted by Alan on 20 Nov 2013 at 21:30 PM
It would be good to see Argyll or Sauchihall street developed to mirror something similar to Lincoln street in Miami. It remains lively at night as it is during the day although the difference in climate may have something to do with that.

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