Gyle Shopping Centre turns inside out in response to changing retail landscape
June 13 2019
Significant change is on the cards for The Gyle Shopping Centre in Edinburgh with its owners bringing forward plans for the most significant changes to the retail destination since its construction in 1993.
Responding to a radically different retail environment as well as the recent addition of a tram stop the proposals seek to turn the mall inside out, ditching the ‘insular’ nature of the current enclosed environment of blank gables and service yards in favour of a pedestrian-focused frontage of new retail and leisure units.
This would be anchored by new leisure uses such as a cinema together with a revamped public realm to provide new urban spaces, improved pedestrian permeability, event space and a redesigned entrance.
Threesixty Architecture wrote: “The architecture is arranged in a symmetrical composition, consistent with the formality of the layout of the existing centre. A proposed ‘colonnade’ is extended across this new outward facing façade, creating enclosure to the new central civic space and is of sufficient scale to rise above the landscaping – a visible new presence for the centre.
“A limited palette of materials that complements the existing building is proposed. These provide a more contemporary face for the Gyle with the introduction of elements of steel mesh and limited areas of decorative gold mesh and ‘green walls’ within the colonnade. This selected material palette also draws on those used in the recently completed interior mall refresh in order to provide consistency and a relationship between the interior and exterior spaces being created.”
A perforated gold feature ‘totem’ will serve as an entrance marker.