Pizza goes punk in Glasgow – Pizza Punks
An artisan and wood-fired pizza company with a difference, Pizza Punks has just opened a much-anticipated stylish new venue in Vincent Street, Glasgow.
Spread over ground and basement levels and totalling 650 m², the former Barclays Bank site has been transformed into a 160 cover restaurant with an open kitchen where diners can see their food being prepared.
The project, which involved the comprehensive refurbishment and conversion of the interior space, was carried out by Buildright Shopfitters, with Architecture and Design as interior designers. Mechanical and electrical consultants were Design ME and structural consultants were Woolgar Hunter.
The large open plan interior features high ceilings and furniture reminiscent of New York City interiors and urban pizza-houses, whilst low hanging lights and bare neon lit signs give it a minimalist look.
The venue includes 380m² of ground floor restaurant dining space featuring a mix of fixed banquette seating, loose hard and soft seating and bar stools.
The works included a total internal strip out, the installation of complete new mechanical and electrical services internally and externally, and internal structural alterations.
Two new specialist pizza ovens were also installed and are surrounded by polished concrete bars with frontages in alternating herringbone tiling.
Further works included the provision of new loose furniture, new lighting installation and comprehensive re-decoration, with internal finishes including a palette of oak, steel, concrete, leather and brick.
Externally, new corten signage with neon lighting details was also installed.
The building’s Category A listed status meant there were restrictions on the amount of work which could be undertaken to the shop frontage.
During the works, the contractors were restricted to one vertical extraction line on the rear elevation of the building (rising some 9 floors/30 metres).
The philosophy of Pizza Punks is simple – they offer customers any pizza toppings they wish at no extra cost. In addition, their pizzas use the finest, freshest and unique ingredients from land, sea and market stall- and most of their menu items are made in-house from scratch – including sauces and doughs.
Toppings include an endless list of different types of cheeses, meats and mushrooms, as well as more unusual items such as chocolate pulled pork and lemon thyme roast chicken.
In addition, diners can expect wood-fired roasts, premium cured meats, a selection of cheeses, fresh breads and innovative breakfasts.
Desserts include plum, cinnamon crumble and vanilla, banana, Nutella and salt peanut caramel ice-cream.
Then there’s ‘Anarchy Ice Cream’ – one tub served with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, vanilla apple pie, chocolate brownie strawberry cheesecake, roasted coconut espresso, honeycomb, almond, raspberry, rosewater, pistachio lemon meringue pie glacé cherries and a host of other delicious options.
There is also a full drinks list with wines on tap, hand-crafted cocktails, artisan coffee and – in a first for the city – tank beer.
The scheme to create the new venue commenced in July 2016 and was completed in September 2016.
Buildright Shopfitters specialise in fine joinery and bespoke polished concrete works for use in retail, leisure and hospitality projects nationwide. The company was founded in 2012, growing organically over the last five years, and within the next two years aims to double its current level of business.
Past projects for Buildright Shopfitters include Inverness Airport Bars, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, Bar Soba, Saks Hairdressers and Kafka Designer Boutique, as well as works with Nando’s and TGI Fridays. Most recently, Buildright Shopfitters was appointed as the main contractor on Pizza Punks.
Darren Wilson, Buildright Shopfitters, said:
“We love getting involved with clients who have a vision for creating an end product that is both individual and creative – we love projects that are a little bit special. Pizza Punks is that client!”
“At Buildright Shopfitters, we love creating the customer experience in line with the branding. We always do what we say we will and we will work hard and hit tight deadlines every time.”
Brufab provide welding and fabrication for all sectors in both the commercial and domestic markets. With over 20 years of experience, the Brufab team have perfected their craft and during 2016, the company expanded their operations creating two jobs in their workshop which in turn allowed them to take on larger scopes of work.
Brufab Ltd has been in operation for 5 years however, Managing Director Bruce Porter has over 20 years’ experience in the trade.
Brufab’s client base is split between a few different industries: retail, architecture, oil & gas & domestic clients. The company’s recent project for the retail sector was for Pizza Punks in Glasgow, where Brufab helped to create the “industrial look”.
Working on Pizza Punks, Brufab created a full array of sizes of industrial look racking and shelving throughout. This was designed and built in Brufab’s workshop in Aberdeen, then fitted on site in Glasgow.
For this project, Brufab also created steel staircases and hand rails that fit in perfectly with the overall look of the project. To finish off the industrial feel of Pizza Punks, Brufab Ltd added architectural pieces that can be seen throughout the restaurant itself.
Bruce Porter, Brufab, said:
“By being involved in restaurant fit outs, this gives our team the ability to use our creative side and provide bespoke pieces. We enjoyed expanding our work into this sector and we are keen to look at more work scopes during 2017 and beyond.”
“To us at Brufab, customer satisfaction is key. We pride ourselves in having a 98% customer retention rate. Our expertise in welding and fabrication across various industries ensures that we will provide the best service possible and end result to our clients. Our commitment to health & safety is paramount and we are focusing on achieving international standards for our quality management system.”
UHS is a leading supplier in the hospitality industry for furniture and has been involved in many prestigious projects supplying a great range of products that are fit for purpose, design led and customised to clients requirements.
UHS work very closely with restaurant and hotel brands to ensure that the look and feel they want is brought out in the styles and designs of furniture from their comprehensive collections.
Dan Gillmore of UHS, said:
“Pizza Punks supply artisan wood-fired pizzas and wanted a look that reflected their brand. We have supplied an eclectic collection of chairs that had an industrial feel with distressed paint finishes in bright colours, along with a selection of tables in oak and zinc finishes. Overall the finished look creates a great atmosphere!”