restaurant and loud court. a cralts centre. a licensed caie theatre and extensive areas tor exhibitions. buskers and other street-style entertainments.

Briggait will house 50 retail shops. a 4

2A£20 million scheme lor Princes Square by the architects Cunning and Cunningham. converts an existing car park oil Buchanan Street surrounded by Victorian oliices, into a galleried shopping complex over a sunken courtyard cale, enclosed by an ornate glass root. The oltices will be ‘returbished' ratherthan completely renovated. Guardian Royal Exchange and Teesland Development, the iointbackers. hope that the 70 retailers will provide ‘a real collection ot novelties‘ trom left-handed tools to venisonburgers when the centre lirst opens tor the 1987 Christmas season.

Costing £62 million and occupying a

chunk oi 260,000 sq it in the very heart ot the city. St Enoch is one ot the biggest re-development plans in Glasgow. The scheme involves a vast glass-covered shopping complex behind Lewis' on the tumor site at St Enoch Railway Station. which was modelled on the Gothic scale at St Pancras and demolished in the late 60s. The architects. Reiach & Hall. want the new scheme to rellect ‘Glasgow's engineering tradition' and. says Tom Bostockot the Edinburgh-based tirm. ‘this is one at the reasons lor enclosing the development in a giantglass envelope.’ lie adds thatthe glass replaces traditional air-conditioning as it is lashionably ‘solar responsive’ but can be shaded in summerto avoid a sweaty greenhouse eltect. The multi-storey development creating an uncovered. new Civic Square at one end. includes . - ' department stores. 50 shop units. parking Qx _ 1.” \_ '- ' tor 750 cars and a lirstlloor ice-rinkwhich

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' 7' < , c: ,j ' , 4N the moment. Buchanan Street is the V - subject oi two ditlerent plans. The north end remains undeveloped compared to the pedestrianlsed area to the south ot George Street. As can be seen lrom the pictures on the right. thetwo proposals dilter radically. The bottom illustration demonstrates the proposal to move Alexander (Greek) Thompson's Caledonia Road Church trom its present site in the Gorbals and place it on a raised vantage point becoming the local point oi the whole street. including the creation oi a new square atthe junction with Gordon Street . Behind it would be a selection of shops. bars and restaurants. as well as ~\ _ » j; ' _. 0088"!“ Civic ottices. It is arguably more .-_ \- -.\;\\‘- figgfiga g '1; 7: "Er§=Y-I “Sibellcally pleasing than the plan which , seems almost certain to go ahead. The top diagram is an artist's impression ot the new 2,500 seater theatre which will replace the old St Andrew's Hall in Granville Street. which bumtdown about 20 years ago- the shall at this building has since become the Mitchell Library extension. The District Council are putting up the insurance money irom the loss ot the previous theatre and are receiving help lrom a consortium ot Standard Lite Assurance. City at London and European Companies and the Societe des Centre Commercaux. They have commissioned Sir Leslie Martin. a tamous consultant architect and Cambridge prolessor to work on a complex which will stretch as tar back as Bentrew Street and comprise a shopping centre. bars etc as well as the theatre. Sir Leslie. a controversial architect. known tor his ‘delensive space' theories and sociological approach to architecture. plans to build the theatre in yellow sandstone. The plan. which involves the demolition oi parts at Bath Street and Buchanan Street. is sure to be heavily criticised trom an aesthetic point otview. especially when compared to the Thompson Church plan.

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