MOSAIC Architecture and Design has submitted planning applications for the conversion and change of use of the former Teacher building at St Enoch Square, Glasgow, into a whisky-themed bar and restaurant with 25 serviced apartments on the upper floors.

Creating 15 jobs, the development will bring a new all-day cafe, bar and restaurant.

The project will represent an investment of more than £6 million in the city, adding a new serviced apartment brand, complete with a ground floor bar and restaurant, which will help activate this part of the pedestrianised St Enoch Square.

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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 in the square.

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, 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.”

Built in 1875, and designed by architect James Boucher, it was made to house the headquarters, offices and dram shop of William Teacher and Sons.