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Shop Front in Kirkintilloch


This project comprised the careful uncovering, restoration and partial reinstatement of a Victorian shop frontage and interior within a historic tenement building. Having been formerly stripped and fitted out during the 1970s, the unit was in a poor state of repair and lying vacant. The client wanted to use their tenancy to restore the dignity of the tenement, and to lead by example in terms of streetscape enhancement within Kirkintilloch’s dilapidated Townhead area.

Original ceiling roses, cornicing and decorative ventilation grilles were uncovered above suspended ceilings, and an oversized signboard was removed to expose what remained of the original frontage. Through examining and recording the existing, we prepared drawings for reinstatement of the missing moulded timber profiles and stall risers. The reinstated fabric was seamlessly integrated by conservation experts Timber & Lime.

Internally the unit has been given back its Victorian character, lost to the previous conversion, with original tongue and groove wall linings restored or reinstated where missing, along with reclaimed pine floorboards and repaired plasterwork. A new sash and case window looking onto the back court was installed to match the original design, which was measured from those remaining at the neighbouring properties.