Stew and Oyster

The renovation of a Grade II listed building that was once a major archaeological museum.

The Town Hall was commissioned in 1749 in the heart of the market place, now known as the food capital of Yorkshire. Bear Builders aided in transforming the building into a new café bar for a food chain ‘Stew and Oyster’.

The stunning exterior of the building left untouched, solely with a revamp of the interior of the building. Structural alterations to the entrance were implemented to create a new entrance and formation of a disabled ramp. The Installation of numerous stud walls constructed a new layout of the building and the formation of disabled, ladies and gents’ toilets. The removal of a wall created a large open space and private dining area upstairs. New floor boards were installed upstairs and a new wooden tongue and grove floor boards laid downstairs to the client’s specification. The existing stone was cleaned and re-laid to align all downstairs floors.

The first and second fix of the commercial kitchen completed, with installation of a ventilation system. In front of the bar area and within the lavatories tile flooring was laid, alongside anti-slip commercial grade flooring for the kitchen and lavatories. Beautifully handmade steel tables contrasted with a handmade steel book shelf carcass and scaffold board book shelfs created to compliment the unique character and decor of the building. An Iron and mezzanine railing was also fitted within the building. The ‘state of the art’ ceiling hung panel heaters were mounted to create a minimalistic look.

Other key features include; a full electrical re-wire within the building, a fire alarm system fitted, a first fix audio installation and the installation of a log burner. There was a small time scale for this new café bar to be opened, however, Bear Builders succeeded completion within the time frame. The project value for this building was £175k +.

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