SECTOR: Commercial – CONTRACT VALUE: £225k – DATE COMPLETED: April 2011
The ‘Old Papershop’, a Grade II Listed Georgian property, sits in the historic market square of Caistor, Lincolnshire. The building was converted into a bar/ restaurant named The Settlement, a reference to the town’s Roman origins, in 2011.
We approached the renovation with the dual aim of providing a contemporary venue, whilst remaining sensitive to the buildings’ Georgian heritage. The original cellular room layout of the building was retained and for the restaurant and bar to inhabit the rooms in a ‘loose fit ‘way that showcased the Georgian premises. Embodying this concept is the introduction of a simple glazed roof which links the new extension with the original building. This creates a light and airy modern space whilst also enabling the user to appreciate the existing building above.
The existing rooms have been retained with little modification. Interventions, such as bar fittings and lighting are minimal and contemporary. The atmosphere alters throughout the building, from the large bay windows at the front to the more intimate ‘back of shop’ areas which have become snug bars. There is an elegant restaurant space on the first floor.