Revitalising Strathkelvin Retail Park, Bishopbriggs
Keppie submitted planning proposals for the reconfiguration of the existing B&Q retail unit and the creation of adjacent new retail units at the Strathkelvin Retail Park in Bishopbriggs. The proposals form part of DERWENT London’s mid to long-term masterplan vision for the retail park.
The retail environment is changing, with customers expecting to find retail, leisure and entertainment experiences within one destination. Through a series of interventions over the coming years, our client intends to create a retail and leisure destination to meet these demands.
Our design proposals aim to enhance the existing retail park, situated just north of Glasgow, through the re-use, retention and re-configuration of the existing retail units. The design approach has been informed by environmental considerations that are integral to the low carbon initiatives of the project, which are achieved by maintaining the existing structure and reducing unnecessary demolition. By utilising the existing materials, the project requires less energy, transport, and construction, thereby alleviating the overall environmental impact.
The initial phase of the masterplan vision will improve accessibility, create a new inviting public realm arrival space, refurbish and extend the pedestrian canopy to the reconfigured units and new retail offering. A contemporary, lightweight, sustainably sourced timber fin façade replaces a tired, industrial frontage. A longer-term aspiration for the retail park is to improve connections to the Low Moss woodland plantation with opportunities to supplement the retail offering through the creation of nature trails, playparks, and cafe/ viewing areas. This project looks to address the changing retail market positively, which shifts the focus to the user experience and improvement of community spaces.
In summary, the following sustainability opportunities have been identified for the project;
- Retrofirst Approach (Low Carbon)
- Green/ Brown roof to canopy and new units
- Target EPC Rating B for new units (Thermally Efficient)
- Sustainably sourced materials
- Electrical Vehicle Charging
- Recycled/ Re-used materials
- Improved accessibility & Pedestrian Environment
- Low Energy Lighting
- Electrical Supply (Low Carbon)