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Wednesday, November 21, 2023

Glasgow's Buchanan galleries to become one of the UK's largest shopping centres

Glasgow City Council has approved an outline planning application which will see Buchanan Galleries double in size, becoming one of the largest shopping centres in the UK.

The expansion will include new retail space, a stunning new atrium entrance onto Buchanan Street, and new bar and restaurant facilities. The works will focus on an extension to the north and east of the current Buchanan Galleries, developing on the Centre?s current car park and extending the shopping mall over the railway lines of Queen Street station.

The completed centre, which is planned to open in 2011, will extend to 1.3 million sq ft.

Buchanan Partnership (a joint venture between Land Securities and Henderson Global Investors) has been granted outline planning consent from Glasgow City Council to extend the existing shopping centre by 700,000 sq ft; construct a new multi-storey car park on top of Buchanan Bus Station; improve Buchanan Bus Station to create a transport hub for the city; create a new eating and drinking destination; and develop a new atrium entrance to Buchanan Galleries and the Royal Concert Hall.

The plans also include construction of a new pedestrian bridge connecting the enhanced Buchanan Galleries to the new car park; development of new retail activity on Buchanan Street, Cathedral Street and Killermont Street transforming the north side of the city.

The planning consent is subject to approval by the Scottish Executive and this is expected in the coming months. Work is scheduled to begin in late 2008 with completion scheduled for 2011.

Work is already underway to reconfigure the former 'Open' unit on Buchanan Street. following the grant of detailed planning consent from Glasgow City Council earlier this year. Two large retail units, at 174 and 176 Buchanan Street, will be created with double height glass shop fronts, enhancing the retail activity to the north of Buchanan Street. Public realm improvements to Buchanan Street will enable easy access to the units and the main entrance to Buchanan Galleries. Two further units will be created within the Centre as part of the works.

Culverwell, CBRE and DTZ are letting agents and BDP is the architect.