Work underway on new car park at Glasgow Fort

Glasgow Fort will get a 600-space new car park. Picture: Geograph

Glasgow Fort will get a 600-space new car park. Picture: Geograph

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Building work has begun on a 600-space multi-storey car park at the Glasgow Fort shopping complex.

The development will see parking provision at the site increase by 25 per cent and a new vehicle management system installed to make it easier for shoppers to find vacant spaces.

The investment comes as footfall at the centre is expected to continue to grow following a recent expansion, which has included the opening of stores by Fat Face, Marks & Spencer, Specsavers and Wagamama.

The park has also recently announced an extension of its opening hours which makes them the longest at a shopping centre in Scotland.

Sited between Smyths Toys and the Vue Cinema, the car park is expected to be complete for customer use by spring 2016.

Phil Goodman, centre manager, said: “We are committed to listening to our customers and are aware of a requirement for more parking.

“The increasing popularity of our shopping, eating and leisure facilities, which is only set to grow since we have welcomed more brands to the centre, has created a clear need for further parking.”

Growth at Glasgow Fort owner British Land’s retail division was highlighted in a first-quarter update last month where it said it had made a good start to the new financial year,

The group, the UK’s second-largest listed landlord, said its retail division had performed well in the quarter with 129,000 sq ft of deals agreed.

Footfall was up 0.9 per cent at the group’s shopping centres.

The company also recorded 132,000 square feet of office lettings, with rents about 1.6 per cent higher than it had estimated in March.

It added that more leases were also being negotiated.

Deals included Facebook expanding its London head offices with 60,000sq ft on Euston Road.

It also revealed that its Leadenhall Building in London, better known as the Cheesegrater and the City of London’s tallest building, is now around 90 per cent let or under-offer, up from 84 per cent at the full year.

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