Shopping centre redevelopment
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
The Blackstone Group and Sovereign Land
St Enoch Centre is a shopping mall in Glasgow, UK. The mall is undergoing a major redevelopment to expand its retail and entertainment offerings for visitors.
The mall is the largest shopping venue in the city centre and one of the busiest in the UK outside London. The redevelopment project is intended to both attract new brands to the mall and keep its existing retailers, enhancing the mall’s position as the leading retail and leisure destination in the city centre.
The project is estimated to involve a £40m ($55.79m) investment and is expected to generate 40 new jobs in the area. It is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
St Enoch Centre location and accessibility
The 865,000ft² mall is located at the intersection of Argyle Street and Buchanan Street in Glasgow. It can be accessed through Maxwell Street, parallel to Howard Street. The mall was built on the site of the former St Enoch Station and St Enoch Hotel.
The mall can be reached by bus, with more than 60 bus routes passing it. The location is within ten minutes’ walking distance of Glasgow’s main bus terminal, Buchanan Bus Station, and five minutes’ walking distance of two major railway stations, Glasgow Queen Street and Central Station. The shopping facility can also be reached through St Enoch Subway Station, located outside the entrance.
St Enoch Centre background
St Enoch Centre was first opened in 1989. The mall has been refurbished twice, first in 1998 and subsequently between 2009 and 2010. In 2005, the mall was acquired by Canada-based real estate firm Ivanhoe Cambridge. In 2013, it was acquired by British retail management firm Sovereign Land and American investment company Blackstone. Sovereign Land subsidiary Sovereign Centros is the asset and development manager of the mall.
St Enoch Centre redevelopment details
The project involves redeveloping the former 76,000ft² BHS department store to create a new cinema complex and nine new food and beverage units. This will add 100,000ft² of retail and leisure space.
The nine-screen Vue cinema complex will occupy 30,000ft² on the second floor of the mall. The screens will feature new Sony 4K digital projection and Dolby 7.1 surround sound, with three screens equipped with 3D capability. Each screen will have recliners with a foldable tray to store snacks and refreshments. The complex is due to open in the first quarter of 2021.
The new restaurants will be between 2,000ft² and 5,000ft² in size and located next to the existing food court on the first floor.
Retail offerings and amenities
The mall’s existing retailers include Apparel Change, Ann Summers, Miss Diva, Warren James and XILE Clothing. Accessories stores on the ground floor include Swarovski, Moriconi and H Samuel.
The mall hosts several high street fashion retailers, including Topshop, H&M and Superdry. The ground floor includes fashion stores such as Quiz and Rohan, while the first floor houses Damaged Society and Debenhams.
In March 2021, Sovereign Centros signed an agreement with H&M to renew the lease of its 32,000ft² store for the following ten years.
Dining and entertainment venues at St Enoch Centre
New restaurants that have signed up to occupy space at the redeveloped mall include Delhi Darbar, Donut King, Smashburger, Nando’s and COSMO Authentic World Kitchen. These will complement the shopping mall’s recently renovated food court, The Atrium. Dining options at the food court include Di Maggio’s, Wongs, Greggs, KFC and Subway.
The mall houses Starbucks, Muffin Break and Costa Coffee at the ground floor. Dining options on the first floor include Aulds, Burger King and Mooboo, while entertainment options include GAME and HMV.
Parking at St Enoch Centre
St Enoch Centre has 900 parking spaces that offer direct access to the mall. The multi-storey car park is equipped with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology.
Contractors involved in the project
UK-based building and civil engineering contractor Sir Robert McAlpine has been appointed to carry out construction work on the mall redevelopment project. Commercial property consultants Eric Young and Co and Savills have been contracted to serve as the leasing agents.