Completion of refurbishment project is sweet moment for Airdrie baker

Andrew Chisholm, Scott Martin, Ian McNeil

AN Airdrie baker has taken over new premises following a £750,000 refurbishment, carried out by construction and property specialist Procast

Christie the Baker is relocating to the Graham Street building – and celebrated with a special cake baked for the occasion as bakery owner Andrew Chisholm took control of the premises from Procast site manager Scott Martin and North Lanarkshire councillor Ian McNeil.

The project was completed for North Lanarkshire Properties (NLP), which is an arm’s length organisation connected to North Lanarkshire Council, and it involved three phases. Works involved stripping out an existing Chinese restaurant and carrying out structural repairs to the properties above to form two new apartments as well as roof renovations and basement improvements.

Procast business development director Carol Cameron said, “Christie’s is an iconic name in Airdrie and we were delighted to be involved with such a familiar name and brand. This project has seen new life breathed into an old building that, frankly, was in need of a bit of TLC – and the end result is really quite striking. We wish Christie’s all the best for the future in their new shop.”

On behalf of NLP, Chris Sullivan, North Lanarkshire Council strategic asset manager, added, “This is a significant step forward in the regeneration of the Graham Street building, with the successful relocation of Christie’s the baker allowing us to complete the structural and refurbishment works in August. This partnership project will see a prominent building within Airdrie town centre transformed to provide much-needed homes for council tenants and fully refurbished commercial facilities for existing and new businesses.

“This is one of a number of projects being delivered by the council and North Lanarkshire Properties, as part of our ambitious plans for town centres.”

Procast revealed it will carry out in-depth structural works, including installing new steel frame and timber floor systems above and below, to enable completion of all the works.

Andrew Chisholm said, “We are very excited to say that our new-look Airdrie shop is open. There are several new features that we are delighted about, including a ‘walk-up window’, a main entrance with touch-free automatic door opening and a portable hearing loop.”