Work begins to clear city gap site

25 Sep 2013

The site at the corner of Trongate and Candleriggs, owned by Selfridges, is to be cleared and turned into an event space in time for the Commonwealth Games.

Contractors have begun erecting scaffolding at the corner of Trongate and Candleriggs and will take the buildings down by hand. Meanwhile, a digger has started demolishing properties in the centre of the site.

Because of the scale of the work there will be partial pavement and road closures in Trongate and the south section of Candleriggs and some pavement closures in Trongate.

ScottishPower switched off supplies to the site in advance of demolition crews moving in.

It is expected to take the rest of the year to clear the large, overgrown site.

Selfridges is paying for the demolition and despite receiving two offers for the land, has decided to hold on to it.

The firm plans to turn it into an event space, with pop-up shops and other attractions in time for the Commonwealth Games.

A city council spokesman said the second phase of the work would result in a comprehensive redevelopment with, potentially, shops, leisure and housing.

Source: Evening Times - Work begins to clear site