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Buchanan Street Retail – Strathclyde Shopping Mall, Scotland

25 Jan 2013

Buchanan Galleries News

Buchanan Quarter Development

A revised planning application for a proposed £380m extension to Buchanan Galleries has been submitted following the Scottish Government’s decision to back the project last October.

The masterplan is by BDP architects ; the owners are Land Securities and Henderson Global Investors.

Queen Street Station Glasgow
image from architects

The development would include retail, commercial and hotel elements alongside an upgrade of Queen Street Station and surrounding public realm – but is reliant on £80m of funding from the public purse borrowed against future business rates.

Overall car-parking capacity is likely to be reduced by 400 spaces to 1,700 because of the changes. A bridge across Cathedral Street will connect the station to the extended mall and there will also be a new entrance to the Royal Concert Hall.

The application for planning in principle is another move forward in the project since Glasgow City Council’s £80m tax incremental financing (TIF) deal to back the development received final approval by the Scottish Government in the autumn.

TIF allows councils to fund infrastructure by borrowing against future business rate income which should be generated by a project. The public money is expected to unlock around £300m of private sector investment for the scheme.

Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Big building projects like Buchanan Quarter are not just about the improved infrastructure we gain, they are about the employment and the training that takes place during construction.

“This development will continue the regeneration of the city centre, improving the public spaces and creating modern, vibrant new facilities that will cement Glasgow’s position as a major international destination for visitors.”

If full planning permission is granted before the end of this year, work would begin in 2014. The development is pencilled in to open in 2017.

Buchanan Galleries Glasgow

Address: Buchanan St, Glasgow

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Buchanan Galleries – exterior:
Buchanan Galleries Buchanan Galleries Glasgow
photographs © Adrian Welch

Buchanan Galleries News Update Dec 2010
Glasgow City Council Executive Committee approve business case for a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Initiative to fund the £437m expansion of Buchanan Galleries, build a new 1500 space car park and undertake public realm works.

Buchanan Galleries – interior:
Buchanan Galleries Buchanan Galleries
photographs © Adrian Welch

The business case apparently identifies a funding gap of £56m that the developer can’t provide. The sum would be paid by Council borrowing with the debt paid back over 25 years by additional business rates generated from the development.

Green Party MSP Patrick Harvie has asked the Scottish Government and the Scottish Futures Trust to reject the plan for TIF borrowing.

News Update 2008
Scottish Government approve £400m extension Nov 2008

Buchanan Galleries Glasgow Buchanan Galleries
photographs © Adrian Welch

Buchanan Galleries – Expansion Approved

Nov 2007:
Planning approval for Buchanan Galleries 65,030sqm shopping centre expansion. Planning consent subject to approval by Scottish Executive.

The Buchanan Galleries shopping centre by Jenkins & Marr Glasgow is the largest city centre development in Scotland. The shopping mall opened in 1998 at the north end of Buchanan Street, adjacent to Queen Street Station and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

corner tower buchanan street view view from east
buchanan galleries: image © Adrian Welch

The architecture is restrained and in a suitably civic large order. It uses a similar sandstone palette and orthogonal articulation to the adjacent Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The Galleries area of 600,000 sqft of shops is set to increase following an announcement in April 2004 by the Buchanan Galleries owners – Slough Estates – for doubling the size of the shopping centre.

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

Buchanan Galleries – opening times
Please check with the Shopping Mall:
Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat: 9am-6pm
Thu: 9am-8pm

Buchanan Galleries store – John Lewis Glasgow

John Lewis Glasgow
John Lewis Store – photo © adrian welch

Buchanan Galleries Expansion
Major extension of Buchanan Galleries planned, to complete by 2010, new shops + redevelopment of Buchanan bus station

Buchanan Galleries Atrium building – proposal

Buchanan Galleries Expansion – Consultation
Joint owners Land Securities and Henderson Global Investors have launched a large public consultation exercise with a brief exhibition in the Galleries shopping centre and feedback forms. As reported on this site previously an application for outline planning consent for building extension is due soon. Reported budget for expansion of the Galleries is £100m. Air-rights extension east of the shopping centre over the railway and utilisation of the current car parking space will underpin the expansion. The existing car park is due to be removed and ‘replaced’ above the Bus Station. 23 Feb 2007

Buchanan Galleries shopping centre architects : Jenkins & Marr

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Buchanan Street, Glasgow won a major international award for its new design by Gillespies. 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 £10mBuchanan Street refurbishment project lasted six years and involved mbm arquitectes from Barcelona.

Buchanan Galleries was built by the same contractors as the Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament – Bovis.

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Buchanan Galleries cost £83m – the shopping centre completed Mar 1999

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