A former Rangers pub which became part of a gay sauna after it was bought over by an ex-Playstation chief executive could be turned into a luxury apartment block.

Andre Graham and Seamus Sweeney purchased Annie Millers’ - situated next to their Pipeworks sauna on Ropework Lane - several years after the bar closed.

The pair hoped to transform the pub, once known as one of the city’s most hardcore Rangers haunts, as a feeder bar for the neighbouring club.

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But city planners denied a request for the building to be open 24 hours a day - despite the sauna flouting rules for over a decade before official proposals were put before councillors.

Architects Mosaic have now put forward new plans for the site on behalf of the pair’s Big Top Productions in the form of a new £3 million development containing 18 serviced apartments.

The design team said the building had “fallen into disrepair” provided “little tangible benefit to the local townscape” in its current state.

The proposed ‘Ropeworks’ development features a blue brick design, with bronze shingle cladding and large glass panels.

The Pipeworks was bought by Mr Graham and Mr Sweeney for £425,000, with the former having previously been an executive with Colombia Tristar Films.

Mr Graham, who was also the chief executive officer for Sony Playstation before retiring at the age of 35, said: “Having identified serviced apartments and hospitality as a key area for development, this is our first new build development in the city and gives us the opportunity to develop a new and exciting brand with the team at Mosaic.”

“It is hoped that, if successful, while it is a bespoke design, this development could serve as a model that could be rolled out to other cities in the UK.”

The pair are also behind the £6m conversion of the former Teacher building in St Enoch Square, with plans to transform it into a whisky-themed bar/restaurant with 25 serviced apartments on the upper floors

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Stephen Mallon, director of Mosaic, added: “This is a challenging site, given the position of the existing building in Ropework Lane attached to adjacent mixed use and leisure buildings. Although challenging, it offered the chance to be innovative and creative with the design. It was important, we felt, to give a strong definition to the edge of the city block taking cognisance of the local urban form.

“Using a simple palette of blue engineering brick, large glazed panels and lightweight bronze shingle cladding, playfully utilised in deep window reveals, the pattern, rhythm and depth of the design provides a quality piece of contemporary architecture which will have a positive impact on the townscape and wider city.”