GLASGOW'S Buchanan Galleries is re-inventing the traditional idea of a shopping centre food court.

The centre is to become the first in Scotland to give independent traders a platform to sell artisan food and drink using locally sourced produce to a wider audience.

Hungry shoppers can look forward to gourmet cakes, wood-fired pizzas and craft cocktails, alongside the standard fare of burgers and chips.

Following a dramatic refurbishment, Buchanan Galleries’ top floor will be transformed to host up to eight pop-up units serving artisan street style food run by independents.

Luxury family-run Hamilton firm Equi's are among the first traders to sign up the London-inspired 'Taste Buchanan', which will be launched in early August.

The recently re-opened Burger King will be the only existing eaterie that remains in the centre.

Chompsky which specialises in soft steamed Asian bao buns have also signed up as well as Glasgow-based firm Designer Cakes by Paige and Sláinte Mhath, a new Scottish pop-up bar specialising in craft cocktails.

New traders will be introduced every two to three months and the centre is looking to source a local coffee provider.

Taste Buchanan is a partnership between the Land Securities-owned Buchanan Galleries and hi-tech street trading platform StreetDots, which was launched in London in 2014.

Kathy Murdoch, centre manager at Buchanan Galleries, said: “This is such an exciting development for Buchanan Galleries and we’re confident our shoppers will love the concept.

"To host Scotland’s first independent street food hub within a shopping centre is a coup for us and a real point of difference, but it also fits well with the shoppers we attract who are forward-thinking, stylish and know what they want – now they’ll be able to tell us what they’d like to eat via the new app and we can respond to demand.”

Darren Callcott, co-founder of StreetDots, said: “Street food culture is growing in prominence in all the major cities worldwide, but for a leading shopping mall like Buchanan Galleries to dedicate its much sought-after space to the concept really is ground-breaking, and we’re sure Glasgow will embrace it.

Taste Buchanan will open to the public in early August, trading seven days a week 11am to 7pm and 8pm on a Thursday.