Case study: Jestico + Whiles designs Glasgow bar and brewery in former Commercial Bank of Scotland

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.

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The new 160-seat brewpub is set inside the former Commercial Bank of Scotland built in the 1920s designed by the architect James Miller.

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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.

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Fragments of the past have been uncovered and cleaned, including fluted marble columns that frame a glimpsed view to a wood-burning oven. The columns are designed to create a picture frame for moving projected images that will be curated to change with the seasons.

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This newly liberated space has become the brewpub with a long bar behind which the copper vessels of the brewery sit on an elevated gantry creating a distinctive backdrop.

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Visitors to the brewpub are met with a mural of a chained, majestic unicorn the most resonant of Scotland’s heraldic symbols that has been boldly applied to the panelling by local artist Gaz Mackay.

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A huge inset star embossed into the concrete floor signs the way to the bar, while a timber raised area, seared with the brand of Shilling is framed by theatre curtains and will serve as a semi-private zone if required.

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In the basement, the original foot-thick steel vault doors lead to the bathrooms tiled in black-and-white chequer board while, hidden behind the strong room, a private space with a picture window provides views to the brew room.

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James Dilley, Head of hospitality and interior design at Jestico + Whiles comments: ‘‘Our design for Shilling responds to our client’s simple brief to create the best brewpub in Glasgow.  We have worked carefully to reveal the original interiors and have overlaid contemporary features that resonate with the building’s rich history.’’

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Managing Director of Glendola Leisure Group, Alexander Salussolia said: “Our philosophy and aspiration is to create the best hospitality outlets by delivering the best product with expert service from a stunning design led environment. I feel Shilling Brewing Co. is a shining example of this.

This is our first step into the brewpub market; a new on-trade experience where the art and science of brewing can be observed by everyone who visits.

At the forefront of this experience is our very own core range of beers; designed to be enjoyed fresh from the source, just meters from where the beer is brewed.

Glasgow has lead the way in not only design, but also beer, for centuries. We are excited to now be playing our part in contributing to the next chapter in the city’s beer story in such a historic Glasgow building.”

Jestico + Whiles was responsible for the graphics and visual identity, which referenced the traditional swirling “guilloche” patterns printed on banknotes and included a purpose-made typeface called brew type.


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