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GG Posted 14th Nov 2015, 11:33am
  A very predictable update from a few months ago on this story ... the mad plan to drastically expand the Buchanan Galleries has been dropped and will never be implemented. Glasgow city councillors are obviously as clueless about economics and market forces as they are about the regeneration of the city.

[...] Buchanan Galleries extension will NEVER go ahead

Fears have been raised that a stalled 400 million supermall project will never go ahead.

The Evening Times reported earlier this month how developers halted their scheme to double the size of Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow - after controversially securing tens of millions of pounds in backing from the city council.

Now opposition politicians have said they believe the scheme may be stopped for good.

Sandra White, SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, said: “It raises a lot of concerns.

“The fear it raises is that the project won’t go ahead at all.

“It raises serious alarm bells, nobody has been told apart from a press release the developers Land Securities sent out, nobody has been told what the reason is.

“The project stalling makes you think is it actually going to go ahead?

“I haven’t been contacted by Buchannan Galleries or anyone else, normally they would keep in touch if there would be a delay.

“Having looked at their comments I’m concerned there is something we don’t know about." ...

Full story here:

taurus Posted 25th Feb 2015, 09:47pm
  The steps where we had the misfortune were round the corner ,but still part of the complex.
taurus Posted 25th Feb 2015, 09:44pm
  Good riddance to the steps as far as I`m concerned. We were walking along the pavement and my elderly brother politely stepped aside to let someone pass and went flying down the steps and got cut. The ambulance came,and they treated my brother like an old derelict,gave him no dignity,and we sat for hours in the casualty at the Royal before he was even seen,all the time we were trying to stop the bleeding. Very bad memories of those steps every time I go back to Glasgow.
ktv Posted 25th Feb 2015, 09:02am
  im kinda on the fence in this one, agree with some bits of both arguments but for god sake can everyone stop calling the steps "iconic"

they've not been there 20 years and there nothing iconic about them whatsoever.
bilbo.s Posted 24th Feb 2015, 10:52pm
390m Buchanan Galleries extension wins approval

A 390m proposal to extend Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries shopping mall has been approved by Glasgow City Council, clearing the way for work to proceed on than ambitious rebuild of the existing centre this summer.

Architects BDP have drawn up plans to create a new entrance atrium at Killermont Street whilst decking over the entrance to Queen Street Station and demolishing an existing car park to make way for a new M&S store and cinema.

More controversially replacement parking provision will be provided in a 1,500 space MSCP overlooking George Square and the Buchanan Street steps will be demolished to make way for a new ‘entrance atrium’ and through route to the bus station.

GCC leader Gordon Matheson said: “This planning consent will unlock over 300million of private sector investment for Glasgow. Alongside our TIF scheme, the expansion of Buchanan Galleries will improve the city centre’s public realm and infrastructure, and generate 1500 jobs. We are justifiably proud in Glasgow city centre being the UK’s second biggest retail destination, but to ensure we remain in such a position new ways of attracting visitors and investors must be found. The expansion of the Galleries will help us to do so.”

No comment.
GG Posted 9th Sep 2014, 05:56am
  In the FT yesterday ... looks like the SNP could still save Glasgow 56M!
Backers of retail development get independence jitters

A flagship 350m development plan to transform the heart of Scotland’s largest city would be at risk if the country leaves the United Kingdom, a person familiar with the project has warned.

At stake is a programme to double the size of Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries, a joint venture between Land Securities, the UK’s biggest listed property company by market value, and TIAA Henderson Real Estate.

Backers of the venture, set to create 1,700 jobs, have privately raised concerns about economic uncertainty following independence and would be prepared to scrap it, the person told the Financial Times.

And more nonsense here:

Dave Grieve Posted 10th Aug 2012, 11:53am
QUOTE (Scotsman @ 10th Aug 2012, 01:53pm) *
Absolutely agree with both of you on this smile.gif.

Why cant the malls in Glasgow be different instead of all the usual names and clones?? Yes it is good to get away from the bad weather and go into a covered mall but it would be great if they were not all the same!!

If they are like Mall owners here they discourage 'Independents and Mom and Pop' stores much prefering the larger chains and franchises.

I know it leads to boring shopping but the name of the game is rental income.
Scotsman Posted 10th Aug 2012, 11:38am
  Absolutely agree with both of you on this smile.gif.

Why cant the malls in Glasgow be different instead of all the usual names and clones?? Yes it is good to get away from the bad weather and go into a covered mall but it would be great if they were not all the same!!
Scots Kiwi Lass Posted 10th Aug 2012, 11:08am
QUOTE (Heather @ 13th Apr 2012, 01:25am) *
Tam I agree with you. I don't see the point of expanding Buchanan Galleries, especially with so many empty shops all over the Town and now Mother Care have announced they will close down 100 shops.
When this expansion takes place the City Centre will look terrible as even more shops will close down.

You really have to wonder why the Council have agreed to this expansion when they should be encouraging more new Business into Glasgow to take over the empty shops.

In time we will have huge Shopping Malls like America and the City Centre will be deserted.

Scotsman, I think the cost has now increased to 80 million.

Heather, you right you are to worry about huge shopping malls.

Christchurch is a fairly small city. Prior to the earthquakes, the population was over 400,000. There are 3 massive malls in the suburbs, and various smaller ones. In the last 10-20 years, as these monsters have been progessively extended, many of the beautiful inner city shops virtually "died". Plenty of tourist shops and expensive restaurants but not much else.

Now, or course, there is not much left of the city buildings due to demolition (or deconstruction, as it seems to be called now). Rebuilding is expected to take 5-10 years, so there is hope that the new city plan will bring vibrant new life to the city, so maybe the earthquakes will have some positive results. Unfortunately, the huge malls remain but I hope to see at least some of the new buildings in operation in my lifetime.

Do anything you can to prevent the ridiculous spread of monster malls!
bilbo.s Posted 10th Aug 2012, 07:15am
  On the one hand these malls are a blessing, giving shelter from the elements, but it's always the "usual suspects" . Really boring and rarely a bargain to be seen. The only one I like is the Forge at Parkhead. The Fort , on the other hand, is not even undercover and certainly not underpriced. I do not see the attraction, except for fools wanting to be parted from their money.
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