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James

10 years to make this the new Oxford Street

10 years to make this the new Oxford Street



THEY have shaped some of Britain's most prestigious shopping locations, from
London's Oxford Street to Glasgow's Buchanan Street.


The city's Royal Exchange Square and the Grassmarket in Edinburgh have
also benefited from their flair.

Now the award-winning team at urban design firm Gillespies have accepted
their biggest challenge yet - wooing shoppers back to Barrhead.

The agency, which reshaped Oxford Street as Europe's largest shopping
street, has been given a three-year contract to revive Barrhead's beleaguered
town centre and create a new civic square.

The work is part of a 10-year masterplan to revamp the town with a new
supermarket, college, train station, affordable homes and 18million health
centre.

Councillor Tony Buchanan, regeneration convener at East Renfrewshire
Council, said: "Gillespies has an excellent reputation and we're looking for
the best designed town centre we can for a truly better Barrhead."

Consultants from Gillespies, which has offices in London and Glasgow, will
work with the council's Better Barrhead team, the community and businesses
to develop designs for all major public spaces, including Main Street, Cross
Arthurlie Street and the new civic square.

Most of the 113m earmarked for the town's regeneration will come from
the private sector but the council is set to contribute around 10m.



James H
cybers

Wow I do wonder when the last time the author of the article was anywhere near the Grassmarket.
It's a tip always has been a tip and is even worse just now as the council carry out "Improvement works"

I hope they can pull this off as Barrhead is in need of some inward investment.
James

On the one hand you've had Renfrewshire councillors shouting about "investment"
whilst point at Braehead, then on the other hand we have this. Where's the joined
up thinking?




James H
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