Restaurant plans for law offices

Formerly a bank and law offices, building could soon be a restaurant.
Formerly a bank and law offices, building could soon be a restaurant.

Plans have been drawn up to turn a former bank and law offices in Motherwell into a family restaurant and bar.

The building in Windmillhill Street, close to the Civic Centre, has been lying empty for months. It was for many years occupied by prominent Lanarkshire solicitors Ballantyne and Copland and another law firm, Lunny and Company, moved out recently.

It has been bought by Civic Bar and Grill Limited which intends to refurbish the building, emphasising its original art deco style.

A planning application for change of use has been lodged with North Lanarkshire Council.

A design statement on behalf of the developer explained: “The building externally is very art deco in style and we would like to preserve the exterior as much as possible by reinstating some of the original details.

“New timber doors of the deco period style will be installed and painted black. The entrance steps will be tiled in black and white chequer board design and the windows will be repaired and painted black.

“We would also like to introduce a projecting clock with period signage style which would be the subject of a separate application.”

The developer wants to include an outdoor dining area and, as for parking, says customers would use the public car parks in the immediate area.

The statement added: “We intend to repair and reinstate the building to its former appearance as much as we can whilst giving it a new lease of life.”

The plans follow the approval of an application earlier this year for a Cook and Indi’s World Buffet restaurant in empty shop units a short distance away, at the corner of Manse Road and Airbles Road.