Infobox shopping mall
shopping_mall_name = Braehead
opening_date = 1999
number_of_stores = 110
floor_area = 98,474 m² (1,059,965 sq ft)
floors = 2
Braehead is a regeneration project in
Renfrewshire, Scotland, part of the wider Clyde Waterfront Regeneration. The project includes:
ice skating/ curlingfacilities;
Scottish Maritime Museum;
Braehead Arena- along with extensive covered and open-air car parking);
*with the opening in 2006 of Xscape, an adventure complex;
*a small business park.
The shopping centre, which is owned by
Capital Shopping Centresopened in late 1999. It comprises 98,474m² (1.06million ft²) of retail and leisure floorspace [http://www.capital-shopping-centres.co.uk/shoppingcentres/braehead/] . The centre has 110 shops in the main covered mall, and a further 10 in a retail park of larger stores. Additionally, Braehead is also home to Glasgow's IKEAstore which opened in 2001 and sits near the King George V dock. At 29,000m² it is the largest in both Scotland and the United Kingdom. Since opening, the centre has proved popular with consumers (indeed it has been blamed for a downturn in the fortunes of shops in nearby Paisley, Govanand Renfrew).
It was the subject of a dispute between
City of Glasgowand Renfrewshire councils, as originally the council boundary line divided the shopping centre in two, but a Boundaries Commission ruling eventually redrew the boundary to include all of the centre in Renfrewshire, however development areas close to the King George V dock to the east of Braehead are still in Glasgow to allow the dock to remain in one authority. The boundary runs along the side of Old Renfrew Road / Kings Inch Road and is represented by a chain link fence at this point.
A large Renfrew Riverside development is in construction to the West side of Braehead involving a large area of house building, as well as Xscape, an
indoor ski slopeand entertainments complex, which opened in the Spring of 2006.
To the south of the shopping centre is a small development called Braehead Business Park, home to the global headquarters of Picsel Technologies.
It can be reached from Junctions 25a (westbound) and 26 (eastbound) of the
M8 motorway, and has extensive public transport connections including its own bus station, managed by Arriva. Buses run from many areas linking Braehead to Largs, Greenock, Paisley, Glasgow, Erskine and Johnstone. The Pride of the Clydeferry service ran from Glasgow City Centre to Braehead's pier down the River Clyde regularly until October 2007.
In 2000 its
curlingfacilities hosted the World Championships, and in 2005 were used as training facilities when the Women's World Championships were being held in Paisley.
* [http://www.braehead.co.uk Braehead Shopping and Leisure Centre]
* [http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk Renfrewshire Council]
* [http://www.braehead4business.com Braehead Business Parks]
* [http://www.clydewaterfront.com Clyde Waterfront]
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