Shawlands Arcade blueprint to enhance cafe culture on Kilmarnock Road
May 26 2021
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.
This looks solid, decent materials.
It will be transformational for the area.
This biscuit-coloured brick box stuff was out-of-date even when it was in fashion in 2008.
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What a missed opportunity.