A POPULAR Glasgow restaurant has applied to extend one of its West End venues by creating a rooftop bar.

Six by Nico has submitted a planning application to Glasgow City Council to transform the eatery at 358 to 360 Byres Road.

The existing 1950s building which was built as an electricity showroom has undergone changes to the front and lean-to extensions at the rear over the years.

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It is proposed that these “hap hazard” extensions should be demolished and replaced with a more consistent design.

The applicant intends for the site to create one ownership with three facilities within including – a fine dining restaurant, bar and roof top bar with dining.

The roof top bar, which will be accessed via a lift, will be screened with glass and aluminium construction to act as acoustic barriers.

The open area will be set back from the Byres Road elevation to reduce the risk of noise leakage affecting the flats opposite. The roof area will have small trees and planting to the rear and to the front with a green roof included to create a mini habitat for birds and insects and provide a pleasant vista for the flats opposite and from the bathing club / gyms to the rear.

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To allow the bar to be accessed throughout the year, there will be covered allowing the bar to be an asset for the thriving leisure / social scene of the local cosmopolitan community.

There is currently only one roof terrace nearby at the Chip on Ashton lane which is very popular with the customers and is busy throughout the year. Six by Nico believe this demonstrates a demand for this type of facility in the neighbourhood.

The applicant also hopes that the council’s planning board will support an external seating area on the pavement outside.

A decision is expected to be made in due course.