The studio competed against three other design groups to win the tender in December, says designer Alistair McAuley.
Timorous Beasties had previously worked with The Arches on a large-scale refurbishment in 2000 and to create a middle bar in 2004.
The new front bar uses almost entirely recycled timber and has been backlit to give a textured feel. Timorous Beasties reused light fittings originally installed by One Foot Taller to create a half dome over the bar. McAuley says, ‘We wanted the bar to have a theatrical presence like the domes of opera ceilings.’
After the reopening, the venue will host the National Review of Live Art and Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival.