New vision eyed for Glasgow’s ‘retail heart’


Buchanan Street

Glasgow City Council has appointed a trio of companies to engage stakeholders in producing a new vision and plan for the area in and around Buchanan Street, Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street in and around the city centre.

The local authority said the preparation of the new vision and plan will “proactively” respond to the post-pandemic challenges and opportunities facing the city centre. Landowners, businesses, institutions, agencies, residents, and visitors will engage in a collaborative process on how the area should improve in the future as a “place for all.”

It will explore the key issues affecting the area, such as the impact of changing retail and leisure trends, the growth of inner-city living, and the need to reuse vacant sites and buildings, as well as the potential contribution of important future redevelopment proposals, such as Buchanan Galleries and St Enoch Center.

Glasgow City Council said the ‘ambitious and deliverable’ new vision and plan will set a renewed regeneration direction for the future of the retail core, giving businesses, residents, investors and developers confidence. He added that the plan will also identify priorities for intervention and investment, by the public and private sectors, to further stimulate the economic recovery of the city center and support its long-term economic, social and environmental resilience.

The project is funded by the Scottish Government’s Inner City Recovery Fund and will be overseen by the Glasgow Inner City Task Force, co-chaired by Councilor Angus Millar and Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of the Chamber of Commerce. from Glasgow.

Councilor Angus Millar, convener for downtown reclamation at Glasgow City Council, said: “The golden Z of Sauchiehall, Buchanan and Argyle streets has traditionally been the commercial heart of Glasgow, but changes to the sector mean that steps must be taken to ensure that the area continues to prosper in the future. The vision and action plan for the area will inform local businesses and residents, as well as developers and investors, and guide its development for years to come.”

Professor Brian Evans, Urban Planner for the City of Glasgow, added: “The Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with the climate emergency and Brexit has had, and is having, significant financial, patronage and ownership consequences for community centers. cities in Scotland and across the UK. This important and timely work will set out ambitious investment, design and development principles for the heart of Glasgow city center to help it reclaim and enhance its role as the economic and cultural epicenter of the metropolitan city region.”

Stuart Patrick, CEO of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, commented: “Glasgow city center is the vibrant heart of Glasgow’s retail, hospitality and tourism sectors, acting as a regional engine for jobs. Like all malls, changes in economic conditions and consumer spending habits linked to the lasting effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have catalyzed a fundamental need for change in order to continue to thrive.

“Glasgow City Council’s master planning initiative is a welcome investment, helping to rebuild the area’s reputation as Scotland’s premier place to work, live and visit. The new master plan will also positively position the city to attract additional investment, in addition to supporting existing developments such as the planned redevelopments of the Buchanan Galleries and St Enoch Center.

“Businesses across Glasgow city center will very much welcome this move and are delighted that Glasgow City Council is supporting the role of the city center task force in helping to attract investment and create jobs. “.

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