Located in a Grade B-listed bank that marks the prominent corner of Glasgow’s West George St with West Nile St, Jestico + Whiles has completed the new Shilling Bar & Brewery opened this month for food and drink group Glendola Leisure.
The new 160-seat brewpub is set inside the former Commercial Bank of Scotland built in the 1920s designed by the architect James Miller.
Jestico + Whiles’ design strips back the former interior of architectural ‘clutter’ – including a mezzanine floor, steel staircase and an intrusive bar – to reveal for the first time in decades, a beautifully proportioned banking hall with 20ft-high coffered ceilings.
Out of respect for the history of the space, Jestico + Whiles’ restrained intervention allows for more natural light to enter through the original full-height windows.
“Our design for Shilling responds to our client’s simple brief to create the best brewpub in Glasgow,” says James Dilley, head of hospitality and interior design at Jestico + Whiles. “We have worked carefully to reveal the original interiors and have overlaid contemporary features that resonate with the building’s rich history.”