Shepherd leases upper floors of Glasgow’s iconic Teacher building to Sonder
Shepherd Chartered Surveyors has leased the upper floors of Glasgow’s iconic Teacher building to Sonder and is bringing to market a prime city centre bar and restaurant opportunity on the ground and lower ground floors.
A landmark building located at the heart of Glasgow city centre, the Teacher building occupies a prominent position on the western side of St. Enoch Square.
The upper floors are currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment and have full consent for the provision of 25 serviced apartments for short-term accommodation.
The apartments will be operated by Sonder, a next generation global hospitality company which provides innovative, tech-powered service and inspiring, thoughtfully designed accommodations combined into one seamlessly managed experience.
The ground and lower ground floor space is currently in a shell condition, ready for an incoming tenant’s specific branding and fit out. The property has planning permission to create a ground floor restaurant/bar with the capacity for 101 covers and a further 110 bar capacity with additional outside seating areas.
Built in 1875 and category B listed, the Teacher building was designed by architect James Boucher, known primarily for his involvement in the design of the Kibble Palace in Glasgow, and built to house the headquarters, offices, and dram shop of William Teacher & Son. This project breathes new life into the historic building, opening its next chapter as a vibrant commercial destination.
The building’s St. Enoch Square location is at the southern end of Buchanan Street and St. Enoch Square Station is positioned immediately adjacent, providing access to Glasgow’s underground.
Steve Barnett, managing partner at Shepherd Chartered Surveyors, said: “Having been involved in a number of hotel transactions within the immediate locale, including the sale of the iconic Custom House (now 4-star Clayton Hotel) and now the Teacher building, we are delighted to secure Sonder as operator for its upper floors as part of its overall expansion drive.
“With plans to open this summer, the 25 serviced apartments will be designed to balance the building’s whisky heritage with contemporary design.”
Will Kingston, Associate Director of Real Estate at Sonder, added: “We’re thrilled to expand within such an iconic landmark building in the heart of Glasgow city centre.
“We expect to accommodate local and international visitors travelling for both business and leisure, and our bespoke fit-out will be complementary to the original fabric of the building as part of its wider regeneration.
“We are delighted to work alongside the Landlord and Shepherd to bring this exciting project to fruition. Redeveloping vacant buildings into exciting new places helps bring visitors into vibrant city centres like Glasgow.”
Mr Barnett added: “We are currently seeking a leisure operator to complement the upper floor use as a high quality bespoke serviced apartment building run by an international operator.”