£6m conversion of Glasgow’s Teacher building approved

Plans to convert the former ‘Teacher’ building at Glasgow’s St Enoch Square into a whisky-themed bar/restaurant have been given the green light.

Mosaic Architecture + Design’s £6 million proposal includes 25 serviced apartments on the upper floors.

The practice said the project will help reinvigorate this part of the city, building on the recently consented hotel developments to the south of the Square

The proposals include new external lighting and external repairs to the facade. It is also hoped that, throughout the summer months, outside tables and chairs will be used.

Importantly, the iconic ‘Teacher’ gilded sign will be refurbished and an important part of the application is to reinstate the full original signage which also had gilded signs stating ‘Scotch Whisky Distillers’ on the lower levels.

Andre Graham, director of Big Top Productions, previously stated: “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.”

Stephen Mallon, director of Mosaic Architecture + Design, also commented: “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.”

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