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So, St Enoch works started on Monday? (And it celebrates its 30th birthday this month too)

After the daft story about work starting in the St Enoch Shopping Centre on Monday, to convert the former BHS store into cinemas and restaurants, I had to grab a pic as the bus sped past it yesterday.

I could have taken this pic at any time during the past few weeks, and that goes for the interior, where the entire end of the centre where the BHS store was located was boarded off to block any public access weeks ago.

The main reason I noticed that was not the fact that it was boarded up, but the way the many of the floor tiles had been ruined by having holes drilled through them, so will need inevitably have to be torn up and replaced at some time. I doubt any inspector will sign off on the final conversion with that sort of damage in plain sight, and there might even be insurance issues if an assessor decides some poor member of the public could trip and fall over the little holes.

Been looking at this for weeks. Goes round the whole end of the centre, and cut off a portion of the car park too.

St Enoch Shopping Centre BHS Redevelopment

St Enoch Shopping Centre BHS Redevelopment

Update

Just for fun, tried some shots from the bus as it passed the car park, for a wider view.

St Enoch cinema works

St Enoch cinema works

 

St Enoch cinema works

St Enoch cinema works

Some say…

I just wanted to catch the F-Type 400.

Jaguar F-Type 400

Jaguar F-Type 400

This twist on the F-Type platform is the 400 Sport. This model uses a juiced-up version of the same 3.0 l supercharged V6 as the 340 and 380 horsepower versions, but boosted to produce 400 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The 400 Sport comes only with the eight-speed automatic transmission with driving modes and paddle shifters, but you have your choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive.

The 400 Sport package also includes upgraded brakes, which Jaguar calls “Super Performance” and a set of 20-inch wheels unique to this model. The front brakes are 380 mm and the rears are barely smaller at 376 mm. On top of that, you get “Configurable Dynamics” driving modes that change the shock damping, steering, throttle, and shifting behaviour, so you can set the 400 Sport to predefined settings for comfort or sportier driving, or dive in and create your own custom settings.

Not that I would know anything about it though.

Another update!

I’m sad to see that the St Enoch Centre is about to hit its 30th this month.

Later this month Glasgow’s iconic St Enoch Centre celebrates its 30th birthday.

The distinctive pyramid shaped glass roofed shopping complex – affectionately known as ‘The Glasgow Greenhouse’ – has remained at the heart of the city’s vibrant retail sector since the days of shoulder pads, bright jumpers and non-stop radio play of Madonna’s “Like A Prayer”.

The centre offered something of a retail revolution for Glaswegians – offering shoppers the chance to browse over 70 shops and enjoy a wide range of food options without having to worry about the ever-changing weather.

Built on the site of the former St Enoch Railway Station, which was demolished in 1974, it very nearly never came to be in the first place. The site was originally acquired by the Scottish Development Agency to assist in the relocation of civil service jobs from London.

Memories of the St Enoch Centre as the ‘The Glasgow Greenhouse’ turns 30

It was interesting, but as noted in that ‘Memories’ article, much of what originally made it innovative and interesting has largely gone, replace by the standard franchised shop unit fronts, and the usual big name clones.

Back in their day, shopping centres at least tried to be different.

Today, parachute into just about any of them, and you would find it hard to say which one you were in, or even where you had landed.

St Enoch had its ice rink – but that had to go to make more space for shops franchises.

It used to have giant, illuminated glass/mirrored rotating pyramids. They’re gone too. Last time I bothered to look, they were still in place, but standing still, dead, and dust-covered.

Memories indeed…

The centre dominated the city skyline when it opened its doors to the public in May of 1989, and was officially inaugurated by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on March, 9, 1990.

Unique in being built separately from the stores under it, its how it earned the ‘greenhouse’ nickname, with giant steel beams (fashioned made in the Port Glasgow shipyard of Scott Lithgow) supporting the biggest glass structure of its kind in Europe.

Costing £46 million, the 260 metre long building comprised a two-level shopping centre with seven levels of parking for 750 cards and 280,000 square feet of retail space (more than four full size football pitches).

In addition to being a shopping and food complex, many Glaswegians will remember that it also had an ice rink, which in its heyday prior to its closure in June of 1995 (to cater for more shops) welcomed 5000 skaters a week.

I think every shop I once used in the centre has gone.

There used to be one that sold giant cookies, or muffins (yes, there is something similar there today, but a shadow of the shop I’m referring to from years ago), and I think when it disappeared, so did my reason for making a regular detour through the centre.

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02/05/2019 - Posted by | Civilian, photography | ,

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