Retail heart of Glasgow to be re-imagined

A REGENERATION plan is being mooted for a network of key retail streets in Glasgow city centre.

What is being described as the ‘Golden Z’ – comprising Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street – is to be subjected to a major engagement exercise, to be led by engineering consultants, Stantec, architecture practice, Threesixty Architecture, and urban planners, Kevin Murray Associates.

Says an announcement on the Glasgow City Council website, here: “The preparation of the new Vision and Plan will pro-actively respond to the post pandemic challenges and opportunities facing the city centre.

“Landowners, businesses, institutions, agencies, residents and visitors will be engaged in a collaborative process to consider how the area… should improve in future as a place for all.”

It adds: “The project will explore key issues affecting the area – such as the impact of changing retail and leisure trends, growing city centre living and the need to repurpose vacant sites and buildings – as well as the potential contribution of significant future redevelopment proposals, such as those for [shopping malls] Buchanan Galleries and St Enoch Centre.”

And continues: “The project is funded by the Scottish Government’s City Centre Recovery Fund and will be overseen by Glasgow’s City Centre Task Force, co-chaired by Councillor Angus Millar and Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.”

Pictured: Buchanan Street, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland