LISTED SEAFRONT BUILDING
This Sandside property is a Grade II listed building that sits prominently on three street frontages on Scarborough’s sea front. Not only is the building exposed from the seaward side at the front, but it is also very exposed from the elevated Old Town area to the rear. Parts of the building are Georgian, with retained timber panelling at first and second floor levels. At the measured survey stage, due to the complexity and shape of the plan form, it was surmised that the building probably sits on much older foundations. Externally, previous unsympathetic alterations had resulted in a bland and unbalanced façade. Prior to commencement of the project, the building was laid out as a fish and chip takeaway, ground floor restaurant and amusement arcade, with 3 residential flats on the upper floors. The project brief was to make better use of the upper floors and to lift and improve the external appearance of the building. The complex floor plan and differing floor levels made the internal space planning very challenging. However, 5 residential flats and a first floor restaurant were achieved on the upper floors, whilst still retaining the original timber panelling and features. The ground floor amusement arcade was converted to a cafe bar and the fish shop was completely refitted. Externally, the repainting of the masonry in subtle co-ordinating shades has offered a particular unity to the building, without making it appear monolithic. The replacement of the flat roof to the side elevation with a pitched attic roof has successfully given the building greater presence on all it’s elevations. Most importantly, the opening up of previously sealed windows in the listed building and the introduction of more sympathetic windows on all other elevations, has resulted in a much more readable and understandable building. The extensive works that have been carried out throughout this building, both internally and externally, have most definitely lifted and improved the character and appearance of this part of Scarborough's Conservation Area.