Buchanan St Glasgow, Lighting, Landscaping, Shopping, Architecture, Photos

Buchanan Street Glasgow

Main Shopping Street in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK

22 Mar 2011

Buchanan Street Development

The £70m ‘Atlas development’ at the top of Buchanan Street expected to get approval today.

The dilapidated site is opposite Buchanan Galleries on the west side of Buchanan Street.

Work is expected to start this month and finish in 2013. It is for Land Securities, the UK’s largest commercial property developer. The massive shopping and housing complex will include US fashion chain Forever 21 occupying a 60,000sq ft store.

In 2004 city planners granted Atlas Developments permission to build shops, offices and 85 flats at the prime location. A rival developer challenged the decision and on three occasions the row ended up in the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

In 2006 it reached the House of Lords, which backed the council’s decision to appoint Atlas Developments as developer.

Further problems arose as the building in the block bounded by Buchanan Street, West Nile Street and Bath Street, had a large number of owners.

Buchanan Street

Award for Glasgow Street

Buchanan St, Glasgow won a major international award for its new design by Gillespies. The lighting is coloured blue and supplied by Mike Stoane Lighting.

Blue Lighting on Buchanan St
image by Paul Bock from MSL

The long north-south street – a key Glasgow shopping destination – was refurbished by urban designers, Gillespies. The award was received by Gillespies for Glasgow at a ceremony in Chicago. The £10m Buchanan Street refurbishment project lasted six years.

MBM Architects Project
looking up Buchanan St © adrian welch

Refurbishment by Martorell Bohigas & Mackay – MBM Architects – of Barcelona

Gillespies were also involved in Finnieston Bridge across the Clyde in Glasgow

Buchanan Street Buchanan Street
building near Princes Square © Adrian Welch

Buchanan Street Tea Rooms
Buchanan St Tea Rooms
photograph © Adrian Welch
Buchanan Street Tea Rooms

Key Buildings on Buchanan Street

Buchanan Street Tea Rooms by Rennie Mackintosh:
see Willow Tea Rooms

Princes Square by Hugh Martin Partnership:
Princes Square Glasgow
image © Adrian Welch
Princes Square

Buchanan Galleries by Jenkins & Marr Architects:
The Buchanan Galleries shopping centre opened in 1998 at the north end of Buchanan Street.

The Buchanan Galleries architecture is restrained and in a suitably civic large order. The Galleries area of 600,000 sq ft is set to increase following an announcement in April 2004 by the Buchanan Galleries owners – Slough Estates – for doubling of size.

Buchanan Galleries east of Buchanan Street includes around 80 shops: John Lewis, Habitat, Next, Boots and Hennes. John Lewis and Habitat include cafes.
The Buchanan Galleries car park has 4,500 spaces.

Nearest metro: Buchanan Street




Architecture in Strathclyde

No. 85 Buchanan St is by Gillespie Kidd & Coia, 1970
refurbished around 2005-07
85 Buchanan Street 85 Buchanan Street
images © Adrian Welch

85 Buchanan Street 85 Buchanan St Glasgow 85 Buchanan St
images © Adrian Welch

Buchanan Galleries opening times




Glasgow Shopping at The Fort

Glasgow Public Realm Design

Glasgow Transport Museum
Glasgow Transport Museum
picture from architect

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