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CDP bring a taste of Africa to Glasgow

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March 3 2010

CDP bring a taste of Africa to Glasgow
Custom Design Practice Architects (CDP) has received planning permission to convert a derelict shop within Glasgow’s Merchant City into an African & Caribbean cultural centre.

Situated on Osborne Street the property comprises part of a Victorian red sandstone block that originally housed Glasgow’s infant milk depot. The site has witnessed an eclectic history serving as both a sandwich bar and arts centre in recent years.

That heritage will now take on a new twist as the African Caribbean Network set into motion their plans for a cultural hub.

This will see the original timber shop front and signage reinstated by CDP, thanks to Merchant City Townscape Heritage Funding, with the expansive glazed shopfront used to display African products.

A curving mezzanine level will be inserted into the interior space, integrated around original cast iron columns to accommodate a restaurant, café, dance floor, African shop and performance space.

In the basement area cream wall tiles will be exposed to evoke the buildings past and facilitate its future use as a cultural workshop.
A cream tiled basement space was originally used to pasteurise and bottle milk
A cream tiled basement space was originally used to pasteurise and bottle milk
The shops original occupants are unlikely to have guessed the future use to which their premises would be put
The shops original occupants are unlikely to have guessed the future use to which their premises would be put

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