Balloo House Bar and Restaurant, Killinchy
Conversion and extension of an existing public house to provide additional bar seating and dining space, new kitchen prep and ancilliary facilities, and with a separate fine-dining restaurant at first floor level. Undertaken as one of the first commissions by the practice, when the premises consisted of a modest traditional rural bar at ground floor level and vacant disused space above, the premises was extensively re-modelled to the rear, creating new restaurant seating space with exposed ceiling above contrasting with the very restrictive ceiling heights of the old building, an external roof terrace and enclosed courtyard to the rear, and new ancilliary customer toilets, kitchen preparation and storage rooms, and staff welfare facilities associated. Vacant land cleared of disused buildings to the rear were demolished, and a car park constructed, with the remainder of the site sold for residential development. The original street frontage elevation, which is of high visual quality, and which contains the main entrance, was retained without alteration. Balloo House has since been developed by its current owners into a highly successful bistro-style pub and fine-dining restaurant, with little or no modifications undertaken since to the original design.
Project DETAILS: Balloo House Bar and Restaurant, Killinchy
Conversion & Extension