Whisky could be set for a return to its iconic home at the heart of Glasgow’s city centre if proposals to create a themed bar and restaurant are approved by planning chiefs.

The £6 million refurbishment of the B-listed Teacher building on St Enoch Square will also see the creation of 25 serviced apartments and up to 15 jobs, should city bosses back the plans put forward Mosaic Architecture and Design.

The James Boucher-designed building, constructed in 1875, once housed the headquarters and dram shop of William Teacher & Sons and retains the gilded brand sign on the its façade.

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However, the new development proposes reinstating the full original signage, enhancing the external lighting and creating an outdoor eating area for use in the summer months.

Mosaic said the project, put forward on behalf of Big Top Productions, would help “reinvigorate the area”.

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.”

At the time of its construction, the building was strategically located across the Square from the St Enoch railway station and hotel which formed one of the main routes to the south and London St Pancras.

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More recently it was known as a conference centre for the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

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.”