Glasgow could be getting its first whisky distillery at the heart of the city, after plans were submitted to the council as part of a new multi-million pound initiative.
Set to cost around £10 million, the project would represent a major step forward in the ongoing regeneration of the banks of the River Clyde. A valuable addition to the area, which already includes the Riverside Museum and Hydro Arena, the opening of a visitor centre at the distillery could make the area a tourist hotspot.
Planning permission has been sought to redevelop the pump house, which is an iconic building next to the Clyde. It is the latest plan from the council to create a real tourism drive in the city.
The plans have the backing of a number of local businesses too, with many placing themselves in stronger financial positions over the last few years. Helped by such facilities as invoice factoring, companies are now looking for ways to boost growth further. The pump house plans are a perfect indication of this.
As well as the manufacturing distillery itself, a bar and retail space will be created, along with offices.
The opening of tasting rooms is also scheduled. These are likely to be popular with Japanese, Chinese and American tourists, and could boost end-of-tour sales significantly.
Ideal as entertaining spaces too, firms in and around Glasgow will no doubt be interested in using the rooms for conferences and workshops.
Creating jobs for around 300 construction workers, the centre would likely open in 2015.