IMAGES showing how the St Enoch Centre site could be transformed over the next 15 years are included in a planning application lodged with Glasgow City Council.
Sovereign Centros want to re-imagine the shopping centre into “a sustainable, mixed-use development focusing on retail, leisure, entertainment, hotel, offices and city centre living”.
Planning permission in principle is being sought for the redevelopment which would have 2.5million sq ft of floor space and up to 1,700 new residential units.
The St Enoch Centre would be demolished and replaced with new buildings in blocks with new streets, public realm, and landscaping.
A design document included with the application states: “The parameters of the application for planning permission in principle seek to establish the key principles for the proposed development, as well as the maximum extent of development that can come forward in terms of height, density and use.
“This Design and Access Statement includes an illustrative masterplan which provides one possible illustration of how the development could be built in the future.”
A new ‘St Enoch Street’ would go from east to west across the site, anchored at either end by a hotel (west) and a residential tower (east).
The statement explains: “Both buildings provide prominence and act as a gateway into the site and would be of exceptional design quality.
“The street predominantly provides active retail frontage, in order to retain St Enoch’s status as a retail destination, whilst providing a car-free, and landscaped area of public realm.”
Phased development plots would be delivered over a 15 to 20-year-period allowing parts of the centre to remain open whilst demolition and construction proceeds.
Developers say benefits of the development would include:
• New open streets north to south, east to west that re-establish pedestrian links
• Re-establishing St. Enoch Square as a focal hub, a place where people will want to dwell and soak up the atmosphere
• Creating an architectural presence to east side of St. Enoch Square that supplements and supports the historic architecture and business on the west side
• Creating a new leisure hub/ square within the redevelopment that supplements St. Enoch Square and draws footfall between the two
• A mix of uses that supports vibrant daytime and night-time economies
The application is pending consideration by city planners.