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The Gyle Centre – Expansion

Built in the early 1990s the Gyle Shopping Centre continues to attract considerable footfall from the surrounding businesses and (expanding) neighbouring residential quarters. The addition of the tram stop to support excellent existing public transport links, and plentiful on-site parking, positions the Gyle as a prominent and easily accessible shopping destination in West Edinburgh. However, in the changing and developing trends of current retail and leisure environments, the Centre will benefit from diversity of use.

Our proposal is to turn the Gyle from an inward looking centre to an outward looking centre and form a new ‘pedestrian focussed’ frontage, anchored by major leisure amenities (including cinema), high street retail tenants and food and beverage offers. A relocating of the existing bus and taxi transport hubs will create a new, and much-improved arrival experience for the user.

The architecture is symmetrical, consistent with the formal layout of the existing centre. The new retail and leisure units have prominent active frontages, and entrances directly accessible from the car park. These present new outward-looking elevations replacing the current extensive blank walls that shield the existing service yards. A new central civic space is enclosed by a proposed ‘colonnade’ that extends the length of the new façade, and is high enough to rise above the landscaping – a visible new presence for the centre.


Posted on

July 4, 2019