Having established a successful retail/food business in Westfield Derby (now Intu), The Bookcafe appointed us in 2009 to oversee the refurbishment of 21 Cornmarket, Derby.This Grade II listed building is based in the Cathedral Quarter and city centre of Derby. The project involved the management of all statutory applications on behalf of the new tenant, including planning and listed building consent; advertisement consent; building regulations; as well as negotiating with CCM Derby over the external seating area. We were delighted to hear that the project was highly commended in the annual George Rennie Awards 2010. The commendation was made in recognition of a significant contribution to the architectural heritage of Derby.

We appointed Justin Smith & his team when we assigned the lease of a 150 year old Grade 2* listed former bank at 21 Cornmarket in the Cathedral Quarter, Derby. Justin guided us through the lengthy planning process that ensued; liaising with the planning and conservation officers and our sign company, gaining us all of the relevant permissions. This allowed us to concentrate on setting up our second Bookcafé in the city. We were pleased that the conservation work carried out to the original ceilings was recognized by Derby City Council with its George Rennie Award. More recently, Justin’s team provided us, at very short notice, with a premises floor plan which played an integral part in us gaining a premises license for the property.

Cameron Cook.

Owner, Bookcafe.

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