Glasgow City council has given the go ahead for the upgrade and extension to the St. Enoch centre in Glasgow city centre.

Canada-based owner Ivanhoe Cambridge was given the go-ahead by Glasgow City Council’s planning department last night for the £100m development.

The development will take the overall size of the scheme to 1.3m sq ft (120,772 sq m) from its current size of 750,000 sq ft (69,767 sq m).

Plans include leisure facilities at the east end of the centre including a cinema, nightclub, bar and restaurants.

Work is expected to begin in early spring on the site of the old Clydesdale Bank building on the corner of Argyle Street and St Enoch Square and is scheduled to open by 2009.

Claude Dion, Senior Vice President, Europe, Ivanhoe Cambridge, said: ‘This large-scale redevelopment project is aligned with Ivanhoe Cambridge’s strategy to improve its properties on an ongoing basis, in order to strengthen their respective positioning, customer traffic and market share.’