Masterplan to future-proof St. Enoch Centre to be revealed

September 8, 2021

A new masterplan for St. Enoch Centre has been created, highlighting how the Glasgow city-centre retail hub could be future-proofed and transformed over the coming years.

Property developer and retail asset manager, Sovereign Centros, has lodged a proposal of application notice (PAN) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Request to Glasgow City Council with its long-term vision for how St. Enoch Centre and surrounding site can be developed over the next 15 – 20 years. This precedes a planning application which is being prepared for submission later in the year.

The masterplan re-imagines St. Enoch Centre to become Scotland’s foremost mixed-use development, focusing on retail, leisure, entertainment, hotel, offices and city centre living.

The proposals respond to the vision and aims of Glasgow City Council’s recently approved City Centre Strategic Development Framework. It totals 2.5 million sq ft of space including the creation of:

  • Revitalised shopping and leisure space
  • Up to 1700 homes
  • High quality office space, including the former Debenhams building
  • A four-star hotel

It is anticipated that the development would be brought forward in a number of phases over 15 – 20 years. Sovereign Centros and the wider project team – which includes architect, Leslie Jones Architecture and planning consultancy, Iceni Projects, will hold further discussions with key stakeholders and a public consultation in the coming months, with more details to follow.

Guy Beaumont, Director at Sovereign Centros, said: “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.”

More information about the public consultation and details of how to attend, share views and feedback will be made available over the coming weeks.

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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