Selfridges has denied it is finally pressing ahead with long-forgotten plans to build a new store in Glasgow designed by Toyo Ito - which would be the Japanese star's first building in the UK.
According to recent rumours, the company is 'on the verge' of submitting a planning application for the 20,000m2
Trongate site in Glasgow's Merchant City district - more than four years after Selfridges first announced it had earmarked the plot for a new flagship store (AJ 16.01.03).
A Selfridges spokesman said reports that the company would be kick-starting the plans were nothing more than 'speculation' and that there had been no 'decision on whether or not to proceed'.
However, fears are growing that, should the project ever get the go-ahead, Ito may not be involved in the scheme, as Selfridges has reportedly appointed a new group architect.
And it also seems increasingly certain that BDP - which was originally brought in to work alongside Japanese superstar Ito - will not play a part in any future plans.
Selfridges had intended to open a series of landmark stores across the UK following the success of Future Systems' building in Birmingham.
However, in 2003 the company decided to shelve plans by Foreign Office Architect for a new store in Bristol, with the Glasgow scheme also mothballed.by Richard Waite