Cafe culture to transform Argyle Street

10 Jun 2010

The pedestrian stretch of Argyle Street is next in line to get the style mile treatment with a £600,000 plan to revamp the shopping area.

The aim is to create greater synergy between Argyle Street and Buchanan Street's busy shopping areas through the use of lighting, streetscape improvements, upgrading works to dilapidated buildings, replacing street furniture and establishing an outdoor cafe and market area.

A recently completed feasibility study undertaken by the National Association of British Market Authorities showed that there was a huge opportunity to add a new food and drink offering to the area and promote a pavement café culture due to the current lack of bars, cafes and eateries that naturally evolve on to Argyle Street.

Central to the scheme would be a kiosk with indoor and outdoor seating offering refreshments to form an inner hub around which market pods and street furniture will be designed.

The council will also redesign and implement new streetlighting for the area and replace all existing street furniture including benches and bins.

As the darker nights approach, the area will also benefit from new winter lighting similar to that seen on Buchanan Street last year and that will compliment Royal Exchange Square's popular ceiling of light.

Source: Glasgow City Council