Glasgow Southside landmark to be redeveloped


Plans have been announced for the regeneration of Glasgow Southside landmark The Shawlands Arcade.

Originally built in the 1960s, the shopping centre is in need of renovation and its proposed regeneration aims to create a new shopping and leisure experienced in the heart of Shawlands and an improved streetscape on Kilmarnock Road on which it sits.

The redevelopment also offers the opportunity to provide new homes in what is an increasingly popular area.

The proposals are being brought forward by the Arcade’s owners, Clydebuilt, a property investment and development fund co-owned by Strathclyde Pension Fund and Ediston Real Estate.

Ediston Real Estate director Neal Jamieson said: “The pandemic and growth of online shopping has increased the need for town centre’s like Shawlands to reinvent themselves and grow their appeal by offering an exciting mix of shopping and leisure and keeping the high street experience alive.

“The new development will build on the success of the Shawlands Business Improvement District by adding to the eclectic mix of independent shops, bars and restaurants already offered by Shawlands and the new homes will bring more people to this lively community.”



How the Shawlands Arcade site currently looks

The local community is to be consulted about the ideas, with the opportunity to view them and comment beginning with a live webinar planned for 9 June.

The proposals are supported by My Shawlands, a Business Improvement District (BID), which is funded by the businesses of Shawlands and managed by a board of Shawlands business owners.

Lisa McLaughlin, BID manager at My Shawlands, said: “In the four years since the businesses of Shawlands elected to make the area a BID, Shawlands has grown from strength to strength to become a highly desirable place to live, shop and socialise.

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“This boom in popularity adds to a long-standing desire by locals and business owners to see the re-development of the Shawlands Arcade site into a space that serves the needs and wants of the community better.

“We are looking forward to the improved streetscape that will attract more visitors to Shawlands to enjoy what we have to offer and help our businesses and the whole area to thrive post-pandemic.”

The redevelopment of the arcade will be phased, with phase one providing new retail units and more than 300 new homes.

Additional retail units and homes will be added in following stages. Phase one represents a £68m investment in the area and will support 120 construction and retail jobs.

The new homes and businesses will also lead to increased council tax and business rates income, amounting to more than £1m per year.

Improvements to the streetscape will include constructing the new retail units on the same level as Kilmarnock Road and creating more generous pavement areas, offering the potential for active frontages aiming to enhance Shawlands’ already well-established café culture.

At the centre of the new development, behind the new retail outlets, there will be an area of landscaped public realm.

The proposed new homes in the first phase will comprise of one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

The new homes are designed for sustainability and will feature a range of low and zero carbon generating technologies and there will be an emphasis on bike and other sustainable forms of transport rather than car parking.

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