A planning application has been submitted to Bradford Council for a new coffee shop in the city’s Wool Exchange – a Grade I listed building.
The independent cafe would embrace the Victorian heritage of the grand building, Michael Ryan, who submitted the proposal, explained in his application.
According to the Telegraph and Argus, the decor in the new coffee shop would replicate the grandeur of the Victorian era. The planning application states: “The new design will incorporate Victorian-inspired joinery items such as wall panelling, balustrading and fireplaces.”
In addition, the furniture used would also be based on pieces from this time period, with the ultimate aim to “complement the buildings’ Victorian gothic style”.
Should the council approve the plans, the coffee shop will replace an empty office, joining other tenants in the building including Waterstones and a number of small businesses and shops.
If you’re thinking of fitting Victorian fireplaces in your own home, it could be worth paying a visit to this particular location to get some inspiration if all goes to plan and Mr Ryan is able to open his Victorian-styled coffee shop.
Refurbishing a property to stay true to its heritage is a good way to attract attention, particularly for a new business. Earlier this year one Lancashire pub received praise for its renovation efforts, with the owners of the Tim Bobbins in Burnley winning an award for the refurbishment they carried out.
During that process they restored the pub to its original four-room layout, and took the time to restore the old stone floors and fireplaces.