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Good Laud! Iconic city bar rises from the ashes

16th September 2019

ICONIC Glasgow bar Lauder’s has reopened after a massive internal makeover masterminded by Pacific Building.

The pub on Sauchiehall Street was closed for more than a year after it was damaged by the Victoria’s night club fire in March 2018.

That blaze – in the building next door to Lauder’s – also caused extensive damage to other surrounding properties, some of which had to be demolished.

More than 120 firefighters and 20 fire engines were mobilised to the city centre to fight the flames.

So it was a long-awaited moment of satisfaction when the pub’s doors finally swung open again on Monday, September 16, at 5pm.

Pacific’s project was an extensive one, involving almost every aspect of interior finishing and it took place against a tight schedule.

Plus, it showcased the furniture and fittings that were prefabricated in Pacific’s state-of-the-art workshop in Hillington.

Manufacturing these items in advance promotes better quality control and helps with faster project delivery.

The works involved:

  • Full kitchen strip-out and replacement
  • New bar top
  • Installation of internal partitions
  • New integrated TV and sound system
  • CCTV and full alarm installation
  • Internal and external decoration
  • New drainage
  • Ceramic, wood and vinyl flooring
  • Wall tiling
  • New toilets
  • Doors and wrought-iron work
  • Insulation
  • Signage
  • Carpeting
  • New heating system
  • Soft and hard furnishing
  • Curtains and blinds

Pacific were mindful of the importance of respecting the pub’s history and maintaining its traditional decor that customers have grown to know while at the same time giving it an essential modernisation.

A spokesman for Mitchells & Butlers, who operate Lauder’s, said: “There has to be modernisation, so we’ve taken this as an opportunity to give the place a revamp, but it won’t be unrecognisable by any means.”

M&B are also responsible for the nearby Horse Shoe bar, O’Neill’s and The Auctioneers in Glasgow city centre.

Lauder’s, though, has a historic standing that few pubs can match. It dates back to the 1830s and at one time boasted a barbershop in the basement, which is recalled via various visual devices throughout the building.

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