Glasgow St Enoch Centre: 1700 homes in masterplan to transform city shopping mall

By Cheryl McEvoy

Glasgow's St Enoch Centre could be transformed to include 1,700 new homes and a four-star hotel.

A new masterplan has been unveiled to future-proof the existing shopping centre over the next 20 years.

Owner Sovereign Centros say they are working with Glasgow City Council to develop the site.

They propose revitalising the shopping and leisure space at the city centre mall, creating quality office space to include the former Debenhams building, adding a four-star hotel and up to 1,700 homes.

A scoping request has been lodged with planners outlining the long-term vision for the site. This precedes a formal planning application, expected to be made later in the year.

Guy Beaumont, director at Sovereign Centros, explained: "Central to our vision is creating a more open, accessible place that retains St Enoch Centre and the city’s strong retail and leisure offer.

"We would like to build on this by offering a more diverse range of uses ensuring improved connectivity to the River Clyde. All of this reinforces Glasgow’s position as a world-class destination.

"It is imperative that we work closely with key stakeholders and engage with local residents and we look forward to sharing more details about the proposals soon."

It is anticipated the development would be brought forward in a number of phases over 15 to 20 years.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “We are working with our partners in the private, public and academic sectors to create a city centre that is as attractive a place as possible in which to live, work, study, visit and invest.

"The city centre is now undergoing change as it faces new challenges and prepares to take new opportunities, and we welcome any proposal that shows the continued investor confidence in the future of the area, and can help in our economic renewal."

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