Glasgow Fort

A large shopping centre, located immediately to the north of the M8 motorway between Garthamlock and Easterhouse, 4 miles (6.5 km) east of the city centre, Glasgow Fort was developed on land which once formed part of Auchinlea Park. The centre is unusual in that it comprises a two-sided mall that is open to the elements - intended to represent a High Street, with customers walking between two rows of shops which curve around the western edge of a 1900-vehicle car park. At the time of its opening in 2004, this was a new concept for out-of-town shopping centres in the UK. Extending to 36,689 sq. m (394,921 sq. feet) of retail space, the architects were Glasgow-based Cooper Cromar and the centre represents a retail regeneration project completed in conjunction with Glasgow City Council at a cost of £142 million. Currently comprising 65 store units and 8 kiosks, the larger shops are located in the outer sweep of the curve with service yards behind. The most striking feature of the development is an oversized outer curtain, clad is stainless-steel, which screens the rather more traditional pitched-roof boxes containing the shops. A second phase is planned to the south of the current construction, which will complete an immense horse-shoe of shops. The centre is directly accessed from Junction 10 of the motorway, which was adapted to service the new development.

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