The first major redevelopment of the site was only completed in 2001, thirteen years after the Garden Festival had closed. It was a £70m project, partly funded from the Millennium Fund, to provide a new visitor attraction comprising a Science Mall, an IMAX cinema and a large innovative observation tower.
The Science Centre occupied the western section of Plantation Quay though by that time Plantation Quay had been grouped together with Mavisbank Quay and the Princes Dock under the name Pacific Quay. As that name has no historical relevance to the site it must by intended to focus on the future rather than provide a link to the past.
Certainly the Glasgow Science Centre building is futuristic in external appearance and, as with other new buildings that were to follow at Pacific Quay, colours were mainly white, shades of grey and silver. Bright pastel colours are rare at Pacific Quay and, indeed across the river at the developments on the former Queens Dock site. The effect in not too bad on a bright sunny day but on a more typical day of dull skies the new buildings tend to reflect and enhance the monotonous greyness that this part of the river has assumed.