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Shawlands Arcade blueprint to enhance cafe culture on Kilmarnock Road

May 26 2021

Shawlands Arcade blueprint to enhance cafe culture on Kilmarnock Road

New plans have been brought forward to reimagine the 1960s era Shawlands Arcade as an urban thoroughfare more in keeping with the bustling Kilmarnock Road.

Led by the Arcade owners Clydebuilt with HAUS Collective the latest plans would see the current site redeveloped to establish a phased shopping and residential development of over 300 homes above ground-floor retail units, enhanced by public realm works.

Neal Jamieson, director of Clydebuilt co-owners Ediston Real Estate said: “The pandemic and growth of online shopping has increased the need for town centre’s like Shawlands to reinvent themselves and grow their appeal by offering an exciting mix of shopping and leisure and keeping the 'High St' experience alive.

"The new development will build on the success of the Shawlands Business Improvement District by adding to the eclectic mix of independent shops, bars and restaurants already offered by Shawlands and the new homes will bring more people to this lively community.”

Phase one has been valued at £68m and would see replacement retail units established at street level to provide an active frontage, with an expanded pavement enhancing the existing cafe culture. A significant new area of landscaped public realm will also be established off Kilmarnock Road which will be open to all.

Murray Henderson of HAUS Collective adds: “As designers, we are rarely presented with the scale of opportunity at Shawlands where design can create such consequential change within a community. The redevelopment of the Shawlands Arcade, however, is not about one single vision, but rather the accumulation of a series of smaller, more considered decisions that respond to the emerging challenges of density, diversity and liveability."

A project website has been established to engage with members of the public on the plans, culminating in an interactive online event scheduled for 19:00 on 9 June.

Evolving shopping habits will see the Arcade swept aside in favour of mixed-use development
Evolving shopping habits will see the Arcade swept aside in favour of mixed-use development


#1 Posted by Beige on 26 May 2021 at 13:00 PM
This scheme is really really bland, and could be anywhere really.
What a missed opportunity.
#2 Posted by Jaded on 26 May 2021 at 13:35 PM
What missed opportunity? What realistically are you going to put in this location that is some kind of architectural marvel?

This looks solid, decent materials.

It will be transformational for the area.
Damp Proof Membrane
#3 Posted by Damp Proof Membrane on 26 May 2021 at 14:12 PM
Looks like a London backstreet development, rather than a primary site on a main neighbourhood road in Glasgow. Bland it is.
#4 Posted by spike on 26 May 2021 at 16:10 PM
I like this and think it's the right design solution for Shawlands.
Smooth Render Band
#5 Posted by Smooth Render Band on 26 May 2021 at 16:25 PM
Early doors, I'm sure, but are there any plans available for publishing Urban Realm? Interested to see how permeable the development is and how it links with Pollokshaws Road to the back (currently the a$@e end of the arcade).
Cookie monster
#6 Posted by Cookie monster on 26 May 2021 at 21:56 PM
cookie cutter development with no imagination
#7 Posted by Shawlandsbhoy420 on 27 May 2021 at 08:55 AM
This looks worse than the arcade lol
Stephen Ferano
#8 Posted by Stephen Ferano on 31 May 2021 at 11:05 AM
This scheme has something, but needs another iteration or two before being released to the world. I think the roof termination is poorly considered. The corner also lacks any joy.
#9 Posted by Snoozefest on 3 May 2022 at 10:57 AM
Another bland scheme from HAUS.
This biscuit-coloured brick box stuff was out-of-date even when it was in fashion in 2008.

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