The conversion of the Grade II listed, Princes Dock Chambers located on the edge of Hull’s old town, was a mixed use development, that comprised 16 number apartments, a size-able retail outlet to the ground floor facing Princes Dock Street, centred around a landscaped external courtyard.
Given the age of the listed buildings and during careful excavation works, it was discovered that the main building was in danger of partial collapse due to the existing failing corbald brickwork foundations. Through close discussions with the Local Authority’s Conservation Officers it was agreed in order to save the building that partial demolition of the ground floor facade, new foundations and substantial steelwork were required, to future proof the set of buildings. This resulted in the careful re construction of the ground floor facade to the proposed retail unit to provide a replica elevation to include Georgian rendered stonework, new freezes and new double glazed sash windows that matched exactly with the existing.
The 80 seat restaurant provided customer toilets, staff toilets, kitchen and associated storage, plant room and a servery.
The bagel restaurant was themed throughout with the cuckoo logo appearing on the menus, wall prints, glazed manifestation and servery boards and quickly became a much loved thriving new ‘must go to’ cafe.