CITY planners have blocked listed building alterations proposed for a new restaurant in Glasgow city centre.
Restaurant group Viva Italia plan to open an eatery in the former Zizzi’s premises in Royal Exchange Square.
The company — which has several brands, including Tony Macaroni and Mozza — applied to make changes to the A-listed building including creating an extra 24 seats on the mezzanine level.
A supporting document submitted with their listed building application by Ian P Gracie of Cormack Gracie Architects stated: “I don’t believe anything proposed by our client is detrimental to the existing building and has in our opinion no effect on the building’s listed status where the original interiors other than the upper decorative ceiling no longer remain and have been replaced through the years of refurbishment with interior and finishes suitable for the various new uses.”
But Glasgow City Council officials have refused permission. Their decision states: “The introduction of a mezzanine floor with handrail and enclosed kitchen below, would have the effect of introducing a new and unsympathetic volume within the original former banking hall area.
“Consequently, it would inappropriately compromise the historic plan form of the property and the proportions and features of the room.
“The proposals would therefore have a detrimental impact on the architectural character and special interest of this Category ‘A’ Listed building.”
The notice continues: “The proposed use of hardwood balustrades and banisters on the mezzanine, in conflict with the existing glazed and stainless steel balustrades used on existing mezzanine areas, would represent an inappropriate addition to the building and would contribute to the perceived mass of the kitchen extension.
“Consequently, these elements would further compound the impact on the former banking hall.”