Buchanan Street Glasgow lighting, Public realm landscaping, City shopping architecture, Scottish shop photos

Buchanan Street Glasgow

Main Shopping Street in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK

post updated 23 July 2023 ; 22 Mar 2011

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.

Buchanan Street Development

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.

A view looking up this major city throughofare:
MBM Architects Project
looking up this major urban axis © Adrian Welch

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

Gillespies were also involved in design work for the Finnieston Bridge across the River Clyde in Glasgow. Nicknamed the Squinty Bridge it connects Finnieston in the north with Govan in the south. It is set at an angle, instead of crossing the river at a perpendicular. The crossing is located southwest of the city centre, just souht of the SEC campus with the Hydro arena designed by London’s Foster + Partners architects.

Buchanan Street Buchanan Street
building near Princes Square © Adrian Welch

Buchanan Street Tea Rooms
Buchanan St Tea Rooms
photograph © Adrian Welch
The Buchanan Street Tea Rooms were designed by Rennie Mackintosh:

Also see Willow Tea Rooms, a similar establishment a few blocks to the north and west, on the south side of Sauchiehall Street.

Key Buildings on Buchanan Street

Princes Square retail development designed by Hugh Martin Partnership:
Princes Square Glasgow
Princes Square image © Adrian Welch
Princes Square
This is a pleasant collection of shops and restaurants located on the east side of this urban axis. The units are clustered around a fairly compact atrium space.

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 this major city route 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

Location: Buchanan Street, central Glasgow, Strathclyde, southwest Scotland, UK

Architecture in Strathclyde

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

85 Buchanan Street building 85 Buchanan St Glasgow 85 Buchanan St
No. 85 building photos © Adrian Welch

Buchanan Galleries Glasgow opening times

Glasgow Fort Shopping

Glasgow Public Realm Design

New Glasgow Building Designs

Contemporary Glasgow Property Designs – recent selection below:

Burrell Museum – Art Fund Museum Of The Year 2023
Burrell Museum Glasgow building interior
Burrell Museum architecture photo © Janie Airey Art Fund 2023
Burrell Museum

Holiday Inn Pacific Quay Hotel
Architects: Mosaic Architecture + Design
Holiday Inn Pacific Quay Hotel Glasgow
Holiday Inn Pacific Quay Hotel building image courtesy of architects
Holiday Inn Pacific Quay Hotel

Glasgow Transport Museum

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