Jobs boost as plans to turn block into office space and restaurant are unveiled

HUNDREDS of jobs are on the menu for Glasgow as well as a new eaterie.

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Developers plan major refurbishments at a former veterinary clinic which could generate almost 300 jobs for the city centre, it was confirmed today.

Edinburgh-based Whiteburn Projects want to spend £2.5million on an upgrade of an empty four-storey block in West George Street. New offices would be created on each of the floors which would offer clients a combined floor space of 2000sq ft and the potential to accommodate 260 workers.

But more jobs will be created on the ground floor which is to be leased out as a restaurant. The new eaterie - directly opposite Wagamama - will be big enough to cater for 100 diners.

Whiteburn director David Kilgour said: "We have submitted a planning application for our complete remodelling of 100 West George Street and are now looking forward to bringing this project to fruition.

"Initially our priority is to develop the leisure element of the scheme and therefore we are currently actively seeking an operator for this superbly-located opportunity.

"The restaurant space would be ideally suited to a national chain, or larger independent. There are few better locations in Glasgow to benefit from both the footfall from the many local offices -including the offices that we will ultimately be creating above the restaurant - and also the surrounding retail environment.

"Other restaurants in the immediate location, such as Wagamama, which is directly opposite, are thriving and we look forward to working with an operator to create a new and exciting offering in Glasgow City Centre."

Council chiefs say Whiteburn's plans will be considered "in due course".

The renovations could also sustain around 200 construction jobs and would take up to a year to complete, although the developers insist that the restaurant could be ready to open in just six months.

gordon.thomson@eveningtimes.co.uk

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