THE Citizen Building in Glasgow city centre has been handed a new lease of life after a hospitality company unveiled plans to open a restaurant in the historic building.

Up to 70 staff will be employed at 7,500 square foot The Trading House on St Vincent Place, which is poised to open on October 5.

The Grade A listed building, once home to The Evening Citizen newspaper, will boast decor inspired by the East India Trading Company, with traditional wood panelling and feature staircase leading to a mezzanine area.

The restaurant is the first Trading House to be launched by owner The New World Trading Company outside London.

Managing director Chris Hill said: “We are incredibly excited to launch The Trading House in Glasgow. This opening continues our plan to roll the concept out nationally and we’re confident our location in a prime position on St Vincent Place will ensure it’s a huge success.”