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£25m Cumbernauld retail scheme to go ahead

July 22 2016

£25m Cumbernauld retail scheme to go ahead
North Lanarkshire Council has given its unanimous backing to a £25m retail development in the Westfield area of the town, incorporating several supermarkets, a pub, petrol station and drive through café.

Developer L&S Broadwood and Smith Design Associates are behind the build which is expected to commence construction before the year is out with completion expected 18 months thereafter.

L&S Broadwood director Bryan Wilson commented: "We believe this local neighbourhood centre will be a tremendous asset for the people living on the other side of the M80 who currently have very few local amenities.

"It will give them top High Street brands on their doorstep and provide a real focus for their community".

A 600 space car park will be built to serve the new stores together with a comprehensive landscaping scheme.


#1 Posted by Gringo on 22 Jul 2016 at 11:34 AM
Holy moley Urban Realm- you are surely just trolling your readers now with some of these projects?!

Looks like something a 5 year old made and put on Sketchup's 3d Warehouse?!
#2 Posted by Kevin on 22 Jul 2016 at 11:43 AM
Note to editor: 'requires better illustration'. Unless this is the final scheme, in which case I admire its contextual use of 'sky'.
#3 Posted by lm on 22 Jul 2016 at 11:57 AM
Goodness !!!!
Slightly _Cynical
#4 Posted by Slightly _Cynical on 22 Jul 2016 at 12:12 PM
Personally I admire how the entrances into each of the unit are accentuated through the use of splashes of colour framed within the formal extrusions.

The rhythmic expression of the facade can only be described as timeless.

I am sure that there could be a cost saving to be found here.....
Urban Realm
#5 Posted by Urban Realm on 22 Jul 2016 at 12:26 PM
We don’t filter articles based on whether we perceive their design credentials to be low (or indeed absent). That is for others to judge. Rather these daily updates are intended to be representative of the construction sector more broadly, for good and ill.
#6 Posted by Yaldy on 22 Jul 2016 at 12:40 PM
#5, yes please don't change. I'm here for exactly that, and I find your website better than scottishconstructionnow, for example. Keep it up.
D to the R
#7 Posted by D to the R on 22 Jul 2016 at 12:58 PM
Christ ... Even Silverburn is better than this .... (Other crap out of town shopping centres are available.)
#8 Posted by Ella on 22 Jul 2016 at 16:55 PM
I just wish someone would think of something a bit more clever to do with Cumbernauld. All this rubbish is just making it worse. What is being done about the state of the 1960s buildings? There is actually some really good housing and the town centre needs refurbished. It is a classic example of modern design. I wish Urban Splash or someone with a bit of vision would look at this. Think Park Hill in Sheffield... North Lanarkshire doesn't exactly have what it takes to deal with this. They would probably like to turn the whole place in to a mall. Malls and out of town retail don't make a place. Does anyone know of any decent plans for the town centre? Last think I remember was something on C4 with gordon murray and Janet Street Porter. This could be such an amazing project. I looked at the t,c framework and it mentions NOTHING about the listed buildings. I genuinely think Cumbernauld could be future conservation area (if its not knocked down by the council). Save it from the Polyester suits brigade.
#9 Posted by Yaldy on 22 Jul 2016 at 23:05 PM
I like the sound of this conservation area idea, Ella in #8. A sort of memorial site for a past tragedy. Groups of young and veteran architects/city planners taken on poverty trips round the now desolate town centre, whilst a solemn guide speaks into a mic from the top deck of the open top tour bus
#10 Posted by Terra on 22 Jul 2016 at 23:37 PM
It's been said many times but I think, despite a lot being left to the imagination here, most new developments would improve Cumbernauld. It's such a shining example of what went wrong in the mid 20th century. This might add a bit of colour, so to speak.
#11 Posted by E=mc2 on 26 Jul 2016 at 00:22 AM
Another piece of prodema + kingspan turgid rubbish I'm afraid judging by the quality render. or is that BIM Level 2?

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