THE Princes Square shopping mall in Glasgow’s so-called “Style Mile” has been named Scotland’s favourite building of the last century in a public vote.

Thousands of people took part in the contest which saw the 1987 redevelopment of the B-listed building in Buchanan Street and courtyard into an upmarket mall that is home to shops and restaurants rewarded at the finale of the Festival of Architecture.

The announcement was made by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop during Light Nights, the festival’s finale event in Dundee, where the city’s oldest and newest buildings, The Steeple and V&A Dundee, were lit and the city by the Tay was illuminated with a lantern parade and fireworks.

Last night’s triumph for Princes Square is the latest for architects Hugh Martin & Partners for their work which aimed to preserve and restore the original building. It is famed for its giant peacock which rises over the frontage. More than 1.2 million people have attended at least one of the festival’s events during a year of events dedicated to innovation, architecture and designince its launch in December 2015.

The Scotstyle travelling exhibition featured the country’s top 100 buildings of the past 100 years from which Princes Square emerged as the public’s choice. Neil Baxter, secretary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects, which led the festival, said the year had “tapped into a keen public appetite for architecture and events on an architectural theme”.