An aerial view of the St Enoch Centre under construction, c 1987. The centre was built from the outside in, with a weatherproof roof of specially toughened glass on a steel frame erected before the shopping units underneath. Suspended access scaffolding kept the mall areas free during glazing and service installation, so that work could proceed on the shops below. The complex was built in only three years, at a cost of £65 million.
The St Enoch Centre was built on the site of the former St Enoch Station and St Enoch Hotel, which were demolished in 1977. When the 30,000 square feet complex opened for business in 1989, it was the biggest shopping centre in Scotland and the largest glass structure in Europe. The new centre had four stores, seventy-two shops, an ice rink, a food court and a multi-storey car park.
A major refurbishment in 1998 added a further 55,000 square feet of retail space and enhanced the entrance facing Argyle Street.
Reference: Bulletin photographs, Box 1, Planning Department
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