Buchanan Galleries moves to second consultation

Buchanan Galleries moves to second consultation

An office-led, mixed-use urban neighbourhood is planned at the site

New artist impressions have been released to mark the second stage of consultation on the future of Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow.

The city centre shopping centre’s owner Landsec plans to demolish the shopping centre and create an office-led, mixed-use urban neighbourhood and is inviting the public, businesses and the local community to share their views.

Under the plans, retail space and restaurants would be concentrated on street fronts and more public space and landscaping would be created including an event area beside Queen Street Station.

The consultation website states: “The future of where people live, work, shop and have fun has rapidly changed over the past few years.

“Retail is changing, and to succeed needs to provide experiences that can’t easily be replicated online.

Buchanan Galleries moves to second consultation

“Our city centres have also never been so important -– the pandemic has shifted focus away from our cities, and we need to work harder to create compelling reasons for people to visit, shop, work and stay.

“We want to transform Buchanan Galleries to meet the changing needs of local people, visitors, businesses, and the wider city.

“Following previous feedback from local people and stakeholders, in the coming months our expert design team will begin to generate ideas based on our vision to create a net zero, office-led, mixed-use, urban neighbourhood that complements the city’s iconic grid layout and blends shopping, work, city living, and leisure with new public spaces.”

Key design principles, which reflect feedback from the first stage public consultation, and will be tested as part of the second stage events.

Buchanan Galleries moves to second consultation

No decisions have been taken on the Concert Hall steps, however the proposals outline the potential options for reconfiguration to deliver a more accessible entrance.

Nick Davis, senior development director at Landsec, said: “We had a positive response to stage one of our public consultation and are looking forward to hearing more views and opinions throughout September.

“We want more local voices to help shape our masterplan for this exciting project to create a more accessible, green, safe and vibrant city centre which works for everyone, and we would encourage as many people as possible to have their say.”

The design team is led by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Michael Laird Architects, Atelier Ten, Arup and New Practice.

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