Green light for serviced apartments at former Glasgow whisky HQ

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UK: Glasgow City Council has giving planning consent for serviced apartments, a restaurant and bar on the site of the former head office of whisky company William Teacher & Sons.

The B-listed Teacher building on St Enoch Square has more recently been home to the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

The project, designed by Mosaic Architecture + Design on behalf of Big Top Productions will see more than £6 million invested in the conversion, which will see the Teacher sign on the front of the building refurbished and the full original sign, which also had Scotch Whisky Distillers on the lower level, reinstated.

Mosaic said the development would create 15 jobs and help to reinvigorate the St Enoch area of the city.

“The new serviced apartments will provide a welcome addition to the city centre through the turn-over of visiting guests,” the planning report states. “The proposals will inject much needed life back into an unoccupied building. Although the building fabric is generally in a good condition repairs would be carried out as required to ensure the property is presented in the best possible condition.”

A concierge office on the first floor will “assist with the running of the property and provide a level of security to the apartments”.

Andre Graham, director of Big Top Productions, said: “Having identified serviced apartments and hospitality as a key area for development, we are seeking to grow our portfolio with this exciting development in the heart of Glasgow city centre. The plans for our first own brand serviced apartment complex, on Glasgow’s St Enoch Square, will see this building given a new lease of life.”

Planning conditions mean the apartments can be occupied for a maximum of 90 days by any one person.

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