A masterplan to "future proof" one of the main retail centres in Glasgow includes the provision of up to 1700 homes.

Property developer and retail asset manager, Sovereign Centros, has lodged an initial proposal with Glasgow City Council outlining a long-term vision for how St. Enoch Centre and the surrounding site could be developed over the next 15 - 20 years.

This precedes a planning application which is being prepared for submission later in the year.

The masterplan re-imagines St. Enoch Centre as Scotland’s "foremost mixed-use development" offering retail, leisure, entertainment, a hotel, offices and city centre homes.

The proposals for an area that totals around 2.5 million sq ft include transforming the former Debenhams building into "high quality" office space and building a four-star hotel.

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Glasgow City Council has a long-term strategy to encourage more people - including families - to live in the centre with improved amenities including green spaces and active travel routes and a reduction in traffic.

It is anticipated that the St Enoch Centre plan would be brought forward in a number of phases over the next two decades.

More than £40 million has already been invested in the centre, adding 100,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, with 11 new brands and a nine-screen Vue cinema.

Sovereign Centros and the wider project team - which includes architect, Leslie Jones Architecture and planning consultancy, Iceni Projects - will hold further discussions with key stakeholders and a public consultation in the coming months, with more details to follow.

Guy Beaumont, Director at Sovereign Centros, said: “Central to our vision is creating a more open, accessible place that retains St. Enoch Centre and the city’s strong retail and leisure offer.

"We would like to build on this by offering a more diverse range of uses ensuring improved connectivity to the River Clyde.

"All of this reinforces Glasgow’s position as a world class destination.

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“It is imperative that we work closely with key stakeholders and engage with local residents and we look forward to sharing more details about the proposals soon.”

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, added: “We are working with our partners in the private, public and academic sectors to create a city centre that is as attractive a place as possible in which to live, work, study, visit and invest. 

"The city centre is now undergoing change as it faces new challenges and prepares to take new opportunities, and we welcome any proposal that shows the continued investor confidence in the future of the area, and can help in our economic renewal.”