A POPULAR city venue has applied for permission to expand its beer garden into a private car park. 

Plans submitted to Glasgow City Council could see car parking space by the Rotunda transformed into a "robust" outdoor wining and dining area made from a metal shipping container.

Earlier this year, owners of the Rotunda unveiled Cranside Kitchen, a new outdoor venue with a food market and beer garden. 

But the planning application raised concerns about the suitability of the current tented structure to poorer weather. 

The refurbished metal shipping container used for the new outdoor venue will pay homage to the historic and industrial shipping heritage of the area. 

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The planning statement adds: "In selecting a container for this purpose, the designer has sought to reflect the bold industrial brickwork construction of the Victorian Rotunda and to carry that industrial theme through into the beer garden by installing a latter day item of industrial design, creating a marriage between the areas industrial shipping past and a modern day shipping container."

Two large pergola structures will help provide weather protection for the garden, and heaters will also be added to help punters enjoy the space even on colder days. 

It is expected to open between 10am and 10pm seven days a week. 

The dining area will comply with Covid-19 measures and restrictions.