Shawlands Arcade

streets-UK led recent consultation and communications on proposals to regenerate Shawlands Arcade on the south side of Glasgow.

This is a high profile development, on a challenging site with an engaged and interested community.

The development approach is to create a phased scheme enabling the southern part of the Arcade to be demolished and replaced with street level retail units with 300 residential units above. The masterplan creates an attractive wider public realm on the main shopping street and a new publicly accessible landscaped internal square.

Covid restrictions meant that much of the initial engagement had to be undertaken online. To avoid digital exclusion this has been supported by ensuring a maildrop to 4,000 local properties and that hard copy information was also available.

A project website ensured accurate information and a project Facebook page has enabled a wider audience to be targeted.

78% of consultees agreed that the Arcade needs redevelopment thus giving a mandate for change and two-thirds of respondents were generally positive about the proposals. Planning consent in principle was approved in March 2023.

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