A former Morrison Bowmore Distillers director is looking to set up a GBP10m (US$16m) Scotch whisky distillery in Glasgow's city centre.

Tim Morrison has submitted a planning application for the site, with building work expected to be completed by 2015. Morrison's son Andrew is also involved in the project, alongside former Bowmore brand marketing director Glen Moore and distillery production engineer Harry Cockburn.

Morrison said today (15 October) the River Clyde development, which will include a visitors centre, will help boost development in Glasgow. Up to 25 permanent jobs will be created in the distillery and visitors centre, he added.

“Our vision for the new distillery and educational visitor centre is that it becomes a part of Glasgow’s busy tourist trail - we anticipate it will attract more than 50,000 visitors each year, Morrison said.

A spokesperson for the new distillery told just-drinks today it has yet to have an official name and is currently referred to as the Glasgow Whisky Distillery.

The distillery will be built in a former pump house on the Clyde, between Glasgow's Riverside Museum and the Hydro arena.

It will hope to tap into growing Scotch whisky exports, which in the first half of this year were up by 11% year-on-year.

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