Plans Approved For Buchanan Galleries

Popular city centre steps are to be demolished to make way for a multi-million pound shopping centre expansion.

Councillors have approved plans to extend Glasgow's Buchanan Galleries, spelling the end of the steps outside the Royal Concert Hall.

An online petition to save the landmark has so far attracted more than 14,000 signatures.

The steps are a popular seating and meeting area, and the spot is often used for rallies and photoshoots.

But the council says the plans will help maintain Glasgow's reputation as the UK's second shopping destination after London.

The £390 million shopping-centre expansion will see the erection of an entrance atrium'' to the concert hall and mall on Buchanan Street, and the car park will be demolished and replaced.

Up to 50,000 sq ft of new retail space is proposed at the south end of the current Buchanan Galleries site.

Council leader Gordon Matheson said: "The expansion of Buchanan Galleries will improve the city centre's public realm and infrastructure, and generate 1,500 jobs.

"We are justifiably proud in Glasgow city centre being the UK's second biggest retail destination, but to ensure we remain in such a position new ways of attracting visitors and investors must be found. The expansion of the Galleries will help us to do so.''

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