Glasgow City Council yesterday approved an outline planning application to double the size of the Buchanan Galleries making it one of the largest shopping centres in the UK.

The scheme is being developed by the Buchanan Partnership – a 50:50 joint venture between Land Securities and Henderson Global Investors – and with the extension will comprise 1.3m sq ft of retail space when it opens in 2011.

Expansion plans

The expansion to the north and east of the Buchanan Galleries will include: 700,000 sq ft additional retail space extending the mall over the railway lines of Queen Street station; a multi-storey car park on top of Buchanan bus station; an improved station, an atrium entrance onto Buchanan Street, and new bar and restaurant facilities.

The plans also include construction of a new pedestrian bridge connecting the enhanced Buchanan Galleries to the new car park; development of new retail activity on Buchanan Street, Cathedral Street and Killermont on the north side of the city.

Glasgow retail market strong

Nick Davis, development director at Land Securities, said: ‘Our development proposals will complement and enhance the existing retail offer in the city centre…Demand for well configured retail units within the city remains strong and we are confident of attracting new international brands to Glasgow.’

The planning consent is subject to approval by the Scottish Executive and this is expected in the coming months. Work is scheduled to begin in late 2008 with completion scheduled for 2011.

Culverwell, CBRE and DTZ are letting agents and BDP is the architect.