New retail scheme

£500m ‘urban quarter’ plan for Gyle shopping mall

Gyle

The Gyle is seeking to expand its appeal

A scheme to re-model one of Scotland’s biggest shopping malls would see it introduce residential apartments as part of the new retail environment.

Bankfoot APAM has unveiled an ambitious £500 million plan to turn Edinburgh’s Gyle shopping centre into an “urban quarter”.

It would encourage anchor tenants such as Marks & Spencer and Next to introduce concept stores while a new pedestrianised “high street” with flats and offices above a row of shops would link the centre to the nearby tram stop.

The proposal would introduce a residential and non-retail business community to the indoor mall which has seen a number of operators, such as the Disney store, leave as a result of the squeeze on the sector and changing shopping habits.

Chris Moore, the managing director at Bankfoot APAM, told the Evening News: “When the Gyle was built it was a leading modern shopping destination. However, we are now looking at a new normal that is very different for shopping and living.

“The creation of a new urban city district will help transform the visitor experience and bring many more new residents, workers and customers to the shops and facilities.

“Increasingly people will travel by public transport and the facilities need to reflect that new normal.

“We have seen the changes that the new St James development in the city centre is making to people’s shopping experience and our aim is to deliver better and higher quality shopping, rather than just increasing floorspace.

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