Hold the Fort: GEZE products prove their worth at Glasgow shopping village

A dozen GEZE UK products are in operation at the Glasgow Fort shopping and leisure complex.

The out-of-town development features a two-sided mall design intended to recreate a traditional high street. A 175,000 sq ft extension – designed by Glasgow architects Cooper Cromar for owner British Land – includes a Marks & Spencer department store housed within a three-storey stainless steel-clad pavilion.

The store entrance has four sets of automatic sliding doors, powered by GEZE’s Slimdrive SL NT operators, to form a draught lobby and display area. GEZE said the SL NT “blends seamlessly” into the glazed frontage. With an operator height of just 7cm, it is described as almost invisible and virtually silent.

GEZE worked with Gray & Dick Ltd and Greenfield Contracting to create the entrances for M&S and seven other shops and restaurants on the north of the site.

Fat Face, Footasylum, Mamas & Papas, River Island, Wagamama and Waterstones all chose seamless entrances with a pair of automatic sliding doors. For JD Sports, a much larger unit, two Slimdrive SLT telescopic automatic sliding door operators were used to create two entrances across the span of its frontage – each fixed to glass.

Martin Revie, general manager for GEZE UK in Scotland said, “This was a fascinating project on which to work. Glasgow Fort has become a ‘go-to’ destination for shopping and leisure in the region as it combines great facilities and shops, with an open, airy environment and contemporary design.”