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September 1 2014

Town centre status clears way for Braehead expansion
Plans for a £200m mixed use development at Braehead, Renfrewshire, have been given a shot in the arm after the Scottish Government granted the shopping mall town centre status – placing it on a par with Silverburn and Glasgow Fort.

The controversial move was initially blocked but government officials backed down over fears of a loss of investment, clearing the way for Capital Shopping Centres to progress their waterfront regeneration master plan.

This calls for the introduction of new pedestrian and cycle routes bridging the busy Kings Inch Road, additional retail, leisure and multi-storey car parking, public spaces, a relocated transport interchange, 5,000 seat arena and 200 bed hotel drawn up by Chapman Taylor.

Centrepiece of this effort will be the arena, intended to become ‘emblematic of Braehead’, as a replacement for the existing arena as a modern sport and concert venue. This will front a public square opening up views to the River Clyde and Renfrew town hall.

In their design statement Capital Shopping Centres wrote: “The strategic masterplan aims to achieve a better connectivity by reinforcing town centre attributes and better integration with surrounding character areas. At the site level, it is achieved through thepublic realm; the spaces, footpaths and landscape treatment.

“A sense of place is particularly important at Braehead where the predominant existing built form has not been conceived as a town centre.”

Plans in principle for the scheme were submitted back in January 2013.
A curvaceous hotel takes its design cue from the organic form of the arena.
A curvaceous hotel takes its design cue from the organic form of the arena.
Western expansion of the centre will be met by a new transport interchange
Western expansion of the centre will be met by a new transport interchange


Partick Bateman
#1 Posted by Partick Bateman on 1 Sep 2014 at 17:09 PM
I read the title of the article as "Town centre clears for Braehead expansion"
Urban Animation
#2 Posted by Urban Animation on 1 Sep 2014 at 18:36 PM
Can anyone confirm how many people live, or will live in the Braehead town centre?
#3 Posted by Charlie_ on 1 Sep 2014 at 21:35 PM
Residential aside; if it isn't comprised of public access streets it isn't a town centre.
#4 Posted by Stephen on 1 Sep 2014 at 23:23 PM
Building a town backwards. Without any inhabitants. In the wrong place. To the detriment of established towns. Interesting tactic. Good work planners.
#5 Posted by BOAL on 2 Sep 2014 at 11:30 AM
To be fair, there are people already living in Ferry Village across the road, so their are existing residents
Louise M
#6 Posted by Louise M on 2 Sep 2014 at 14:44 PM
Well that is the very final nail in the coffin for Paisley and what was the point in all the urban realm investment for Renfrew!?
#7 Posted by Local on 2 Sep 2014 at 15:50 PM
Post 4 says it all. Grim!
#8 Posted by Brian on 12 Sep 2014 at 09:42 AM
Maybe they have plans to open train station !

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