Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries are set to be demolished as part of redevelopment plans

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A plan has been submitted to demolish Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries to pave the way for a “massive transformation” of the shopping centre.

The current owner Landsec plans to create a new “urban district” in the heart of the city centre.

Glasgow City Council has been working with the development company to look at ways to transform the area due to the disruption facing retail, which has been made worse by the pandemic.

The decade-long project to improve the area would see the creation of a new residential, commercial and office district.

Plans could also see new public space created on the void above Queen Street station to improve access to the city centre, as well as active travel routes and links to the station and other centers of public transport.

The Royal Concert Hall would not be affected by any project.

The developers have launched a public consultation of the plans with any redevelopment requiring council approval.

More than 850 construction jobs could be created each year when the area is built – eventually leading to 9,500 permanent jobs for the city centre.

David Heaford, Managing Director of Development at Landsec, said: “Our vision is to replace the existing shopping center with an exciting new mixed-use urban district in the heart of Glasgow city centre, blending world-class shopping with of work, life and play.

“Our plans will seek to expand the city’s iconic and accessible grid layout, support the city’s net zero ambitions, and be informed by the needs and perspectives of residents, visitors and businesses.

“We will launch a broad consultation, starting in the spring, to help create a place that makes a lasting positive contribution to the city and to all who live, work and visit here.

Councilor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Approval of the start of negotiations with Landsec would allow us to move forward to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead in this rapidly changing world.

“A 21st century city center that lives up to Glasgow’s international reputation and ambitions means more mixed-use developments, a larger residential population, more public spaces, sustainable transport options and more streets on people.”

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