Town Wharf, Newark, Notts
A grade II (GV II) listed former warehouse, which had become a disused cafe. The building dates from the early 18th century with 20th century alterations.
The interior has on the ground floor chamfered oak beams supported on cast iron columns. Roof has 3 trusses with tie-beams and struts, the collar beams curving upwards and supporting a further strut to the ridge. The staggered purlins and rafters are largely original.
The building had fallen into disuse and became a target for local vandals resulting in severe fire damage, particularly to the upper parts. The local authority asked a building preservation trust to find a future for the building and outline scheme of conservation.
The project involved an in-depth market analysis and valuation to gauge the feasibility of future leisure uses in this location, adjacent to the River Trent.
The client was able to raise internal funds, based on a business case developed from the market valuation, to restore the building.