Architects asked to ensure Stirling's Thistles Centre can flower again
April 9 2021
POD Architects have been appointed by the new owners of The Thistles Shopping Centre in Stirling to 'future proof' the mall following its reopening on 26 April.
Asset manager and developer Scoop acquired the 500,000sq/ft centre in December 2020 and will reconfigure vacant units to meet the demands of a rapidly changing retail landscape.
Mark Hewett, director at Scoop commented: “The high-street is expected to take on a very different form post-Covid and we now have an exciting opportunity to shape the future of the Thistles. Future-proofing is vital to ensure primary shopping centres remain relevant and a place where people want to be – they will be about far more than just shopping.
"We are looking forward to evolving The Thistles Shopping Centre to ensure it remains the beating heart of the city."
POD Architects founder Paul Shedden added: “Over the years the requirements for retail, and shopping centres in particular, have changed as more and more people seek superior shopping experiences to draw them out of their homes. We aim to produce creative and exciting destinations which draw people in."
Consultations are now underway to pinpoint precisely what form this should take amid continued pressure from out of town developments, such as a proposed retail park at Cookbridge.
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What is the plan -- cut the rents in half and see who turns up?
Not looking good for the centre of Stirling -- even before CoViD19 it was struggling.
Surely more can be made of the tourist element?