Serviced apartments planned for former whisky company HQ

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UK: A planning applications to convert the Teacher Building on St Enoch Square in Glasgow into a whisky-themed bar and restaurant, with 25 serviced apartments on its upper floors, has been submitted.

Mosaic Architecture + Design has submitted the plans for the building, which dates from 1875, was most recently used as a conference centre for the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). The Teacher building was originally built to house the headquarters, offices and shop of whisky distillers William Teacher & Sons

Developer Big Top Productions intends to invest more than £6 million in the project.

Mosaic director Stephen Mallon said: “It is an honour to be involved in this prestigious development for Big Top Productions, another major leisure development for the city following the conversion of Dunnes Stores building on Sauchiehall Street for Manor Property Group, which is in for planning, and our Yotel Project for Starwood on Argyle Street, currently on site. The design is one we feel is respectful of the existing building, history and context, the idea of a new whisky-themed bar is obvious, given the heritage, and the Teacher brand owners are supportive and keen to be involved in the design aspects of the development.”

Andre Graham, director of Big Top Productions, said: “Having identified serviced apartments and hospitality as a key area for development, we are now 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 B-listed, Italian Renaissance style building, known as the Teacher building, given a new lease of life.”

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