PLANS for a “transformational” shopping and leisure development on the banks of the Clyde at Glasgow Harbour have been submitted to city planners.
The proposed Glasgow Harbour Lifestyle Outlet on land would include retail space, restaurants and cafes, a waterfront promenade, a new cinema, gym, family leisure facilities, public square and event space. It would be completed in 2021.
Planning permission in principal was granted in 2008 to rejuvenate the 74-acre site near the Riverside Museum . An application seeking approval for specific plans has now been submitted by Glasgow Harbour Ltd on behalf of Peel Lifestyle Outlets — a division of Peel Land and Property Group -– who specialise in delivering leisure, retail and activity-focused destinations across the UK.
Work is already well underway on a large student accommodation building at the site.
Jason Pullen, managing director of Peel Lifestyle Outlets, said: “Shopping has evolved to become a major leisure activity. We are creating the next generation of outlet destination by delivering a balanced combination of exciting leisure and entertainment with a strong retail offering. Our Lifestyle Outlets are fourth generation outlets and far removed from soulless factory outlets. Glasgow Harbour Lifestyle Outlet will have a multi-generational appeal, as operators are supported by events, activities and performance space.
“The initial £100million investment, as well as delivering crucial construction and retail jobs, represents the next step in fulfilling the Glasgow Harbour masterplan and we’re excited to bring more life back to Glasgow’s Clydeside.”
Peel Lifestyle Outlets has Manchester and Gloucester destinations offering customers experiences including live fashion shows and food festivals alongside cinemas, health and fitness centres and retail. This is supported by strong outlet centre retailers including All Saints, Jack Wills, Cath Kidston, Joules and Nike who already operate out of the Lifestyle Outlets portfolio.
Steven Underwood, chief executive of The Peel Group, said: “The Peel Group is excited to be creating a major retail, leisure and tourism destination on the Clyde which will complement, support and enhance the surrounding area. We’re looking forward to creating thousands of new jobs and opportunities for the people of Glasgow.
“Over the past decade, we have invested over £850 million in major projects across Scotland, creating 5,500 jobs and 3,500 homes. I’m proud to say Glasgow Harbour Lifestyle Outlet will take Peel’s commitment in Scotland to more than £1billion and we look forward to continuing our positive working relationship with the city.”
The first phase of the Glasgow Harbour masterplan was completed by Peel Group in 2008 and involved the construction of 1,100 apartments on the site of the former Meadowside Granary, which was demolished in 2002. The Glasgow Harbour Masterplan involves a substantial investment in infrastructure, the creation of hundreds of waterfront homes, retail and leisure opportunities, as well as a commercial district.