The Foundry Project
The Foundry Project, an industrial styled bar, has opened its doors on The Ginnel in Harrogate.
Designed by Concorde BGW, the 174 cover, 2,638 foot site provides Harrogate with a unique, all-day bar, operated by Revere Pub Co., offering a mix of artisan products including cocktails, craft beers and speciality coffee.
Set over two floors, work on the Foundry Project began in January 2017 and was undertaken by main contractors Interiors UK and architects, PHD Architects.
Described as “the happiest place in Harrogate,” the Foundry Project provides a contrast of soft sheen metallic against reclaimed materials to give the scheme an industrial luxe feel with a bohemian atmosphere. Bespoke furniture pieces have been mixed with classic mid-century styles, all of which have been upholstered in various patterned fabrics to give the furniture an eclectic vibe and an independent feel.
The Foundry Project will be open Sunday-Wednesday, 9am till 11pm and Thursday-Saturday, 9am till 12:30am with alcohol available from 10am. Open from 9am, the all-day destination will be open from breakfast through to dinner and weekend brunch.
The daytime atmosphere is set to suit those who lunch with mid-morning coffees progressing to afternoon cocktails. The food offering is sough dough pizzas including Chilli Chicken, Smoked Salmon and Spicy Pepperoni, sharing platters and salads and burgers including Mushroom and Sticky Red Onion, Buttermilk Chicken and Glazed Bacon, all cooked in the venues high specification kitchen which boasts a new pizza oven. Breakfast options include Brown Butter Pancakes, Turkish eggs with whipped yogurt, Poached Eggs, Spicy Chorizo Butter and toasted sourdough and Oat, Raisin and Honey Granola with whipped yogurt and berries. A children’s menu and dessert menu are also available with children offered three courses for £7.95. Desserts include Dark Chocolate Brownie, Spiced Orange Cake and a Seasonal Berry and Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Sundae.
By night, the coffee shop feel turns into the place to be for a wide range of cocktails and craft ales, giving a speakeasy feel to the bar. A new experimental cocktail menu, will sit alongside a wide range of craft beers, authentic ales and local draughts, plus an extensive wine list.
The large charred timber bar, which runs the full width of the lower floor, showcases its ales with three large copper tanks being the main feature. New hand painted floor tiles to the front of the bar add a feminine touch by introducing geometric pastels, which are echoed in the upholstery fabrics.
Bric-a-brac is used throughout to dress the space which helps to soften the hard wall finishes and create a visually exciting experience for customers.
The toilets are unique with trough sinks; back lit antique mesh mirrors and industrial breeze blocks. The walls are hand painted to give an aged finish with hints of worn gold, mixed with distressed reclaimed timber.
Finally, for those looking to capture their night out, there is a custom photo booth near the rear of the bar area if you want to take a selfie with your friends.
Work on the Foundry Project was also undertaken externally with new softly lit distressed metal planters to the perimeter with iron rod screens and grassy plants . The furniture is a mixture of different finished metals with soft upholstered seat pads. Modern industrial gas heaters have also been used to warm the area, along with scattered concrete planters to create a dramatic entrance and guest experience
Speaking to Premier Hospitality magazine, Fern Mountcastle from Concorde BGW commented: “This project has been long in the planning. It was great to see all of the finishes come together to create something really special. I don’t think there’s anywhere similar to this in Harrogate.”
Concorde BGW are design and build specialists with a difference, offering a unique approach and delivering successful projects for bars, pubs, hotels and the public sector, efficiently and without compromising design.
Over the last 25 years Concorde BGW has created a set of services designed to deliver excellent results for their clients. From their individual services of high quality design, build and interiors through to their all-encompassing integrated design and build service, Concorde BGW adopt a flexible and cost-effective approach with carefully selected teams supported by a wealth of accreditations and awards.
With offices in London and Yorkshire Concorde BGW work across the UK for independents, large operators and even the MoD using the simple core principle of delivering high quality refurbishments on schedule and on budget, time and time again.
The Foundry Project has evolved from the opening of Foundry 39 in Edinburgh, which opened in 2016. Foundry 39 was also designed by Concorde BGW.
Encore Reclamation is a reclaimed timber company, specialising in reclaimed flooring, wall cladding and feature timber for shelving or decorative purposes. The company has been in operation since 2011 and also supplies industrial lighting and small stocks of general architectural salvage.
Encore Reclamation supply reclaimed timber to construction companies, joiners, floor-laying companies, interior designers and architects. Projects have included Pizza Pilgrims, various Fat Face stores, Shoreditch House, 58 Gin, Beggar’s Run, Notes coffee shops, Cath Kidston, the Coffee Company of Tooting, and many retail outlets, pubs and restaurants around the UK and Europe.
Some of Encore Reclamation’s projects have been featured in The Sunday Times, Reclaim Magazine, Warehouse Home magazine and Good Homes magazine. Encore Reclamation has also been extremely honoured to supply artist Joachim Koester with the reclaimed timber he has used in installations at the Turner Contemporary Gallery and the Camden Arts Centre.
For the Foundry Harrogate, Encore Reclamation supplied reclaimed timber in the form of Victorian reed and bead wall cladding, which had many exposed layers of flaked paint. The company also supplied Victorian floorboards and some painted Baltic pine boards, sourced from a disused factory that used to manufacture the canvas for RAF bombers in WW2.
Aldo Ciarrocchi, Founder of Encore Reclamation, said:
“It was a fun project to be involved in, as are most of the projects we work on with Concorde. They push the boundaries of what can be achieved with reclaimed materials. Working with a client like Concorde means we are always out hunting for interesting and beautiful reclaimed materials. We aim to supply whatever the designers can dream up!”
“We pride ourselves on attentive, bespoke customer service. We strive for constant flexibility, whether that be in our working hours, putting together specific orders in an organised manner to lessen confusion on-site, or just being generally available for advice.
“We aim to keep prices extremely competitive, whether it is for the trade or the retail market. We get to know our clients, always encourage feedback, and although it sounds like a cliché, we work hard to provide the highest quality product at the best possible price!”