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October 16 2020

Us V Them perk up Glasgow's Gallowgate

A Glasgow based coffee house has established its new headquarters at 200 Gallowgate following the transformation of a disused retail unit.

Us V Them: Engineering Coffee was founded in 2017 by engineer James Aitken and combines an espresso bar with a workshop for the servicing and repair of coffee equipment.

Designed by O'DonnellBrown Architects the 120sq/m cafe fuels the burgeoning creative community around the Barras, having been stripped back to the bare bones to celebrate the raw materials of the former tenement.

Aitken said: “Our café/workshop is minimalist and clean with the full focus on the engineering and craft of coffee making. So much goes into creating a consistently good cup of coffee, and we aim to highlight this within our space. If a café is run well it can be invigorated by public support and we are keen to make a space that brings people together under one common bond, great coffee."

Built for £38k plus VAT the project sees perimeter walls clad in dark stained wood panelling. Manufactured off-site by ThreeFourFive Joinery this doubles as a convenient ledge for customers seated at socially distanced high stools to gather.

The industrial aesthetic is augmented by exposed steel columns and ceiling services and a copper cage offering glimpses of a backroom workshop.

Anyone seeking a caffeine fix will be able to choose from local roasts, such as Dear Green, to blends from Europe and Colombia
Anyone seeking a caffeine fix will be able to choose from local roasts, such as Dear Green, to blends from Europe and Colombia
Copper mesh screens a backroom workshop where barista equipment is repaired and serviced
Copper mesh screens a backroom workshop where barista equipment is repaired and serviced

Photography by Ross Campbell
Photography by Ross Campbell
The guts of the ground floor unit, all that survives of a former tenement, is celebrated
The guts of the ground floor unit, all that survives of a former tenement, is celebrated

3 Comments

Freaky Freddy
#1 Posted by Freaky Freddy on 18 Oct 2020 at 10:52 AM
The Gallowgate could be the new Finnieston.
SHOUTING ANDREW
#2 Posted by SHOUTING ANDREW on 19 Oct 2020 at 09:15 AM
SHOUT IT - THIS IS BANG TIDY.
Whispering Andy
#3 Posted by Whispering Andy on 19 Oct 2020 at 12:42 PM
Whisper it.....but it looks very sterile at the moment. Should look great when the shop is populated with tables, chairs ....and more importantly customers (once we have defeated this virus).

Agree with #1 the Gallowgate is generating a lot of 'cool' points at the moment. Long may it continue.

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