Key Glasgow retail streets poised to be ‘re-imagined’

THREE of Glasgow’s main retail thoroughfares are to be ‘reviewed’, as to whether they should be subject to a re-imagining.

Says the city’s local authority of Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street: “The review will be a collaborative piece of work carried out by the council with its City Centre Task Force (CCTF) partners that takes a masterplanning approach to re-imagining these streets to help guide future planning policy and housing strategy, with the creation of a sustainable mix of uses (retail, residential, bars and restaurants, leisure, culture, public sector, etc) to create a modern, vibrant and sustainable city centre.”

The announcement (here) continues: “A priority in this review of the wider area will be Sauchiehall Street – with a vision to develop and drive footfall in this key city centre street with a mix of uses and high-quality public realm in the context of emerging proposals for the Buchanan Galleries [the shopping centre, at the intersection of Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street, whose owners are reviewing its future as a possible mixed-used development].

“This part of the review will take account of and complement the existing work undertaken via the Avenues programme [a proposed, multi-million pound re-design of George Square and its neighbouring streets].”

Adds the council, membership of the CCTF includes local, national and UK government, the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, plus representation from the retail, hospitality, events, night-time economy, further and higher education, transport and commercial property sectors.

Pictured: Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland