Greenock’s Oak Mall puts on a sail to draw shoppers
October 9 2018
Comprehensive Design Architects have been brought on board by M&M Asset Management to oversee a contraction in the footprint of Greenock’s Oak Mall in response to a retail downturn and repeated leaks from the A78 road which passes directly over a portion of the site.
Proposed works would seal off the area under the roadway with hoarding, allowing a new setback entrance to be created below the roadway while refurbishment works take place.
This will also allow a daylight ‘slot’ to be carved out, defined by a new plain brick façade and signage with a protruding ‘sail’ element offers a glazed rooflight entrance for shoppers.
Outlining their proposals CDA wrote: “High quality urban realm is proposed to lead pedestrians towards the new entrance, highlighted by illuminated signage, visible from both the approach from Dalrymple Street and Hunters Place, and also from the vehicular approach from the A78 above.
“The ‘sail’ form of the overhanging glazed rooflight references the existing Dalrymple Street entrance, while protecting customers from the elements, and maximising visibility.”
Future phasing could include mixed use developments connecting Clyde Square to the new entrance.
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