02 March 2017
We want to hear from artisan bakers
With a prominent position at the Alma Street entrance to Little Kelham, the bakery building looks set to play a big part in the local community. We spoke to Abi Culley, head of sales and lettings at Citu about the building.
What are the plans for the bakery?
Up until relatively recently the bakery was our sales and marketing space – it was a relaxed, informal area where we could talk to people about the plans for Little Kelham and the homes we’re building here. However now we have our new show home, which is the best possible way of showing people our houses and what makes them so special.
It has always been our intention to turn the ground floor of the Little Kelham Bakery into just that – a bakery, so now we’re on the lookout for someone who can make it into a really special addition to the neighbourhood.
We’ve made a lot of improvements to the building already and there will be further work to open up the ground floor to create a space of approximately 700 sq ft. We’ve also installed a biomass boiler which will provide heating and hot water to the entire building.
Who are you looking for?
We’d be interested in hearing from any artisan, creative bakers who share our ideals and approach to things. It could be an existing business looking to relocate or expand, or someone looking for the right place to start their business.
Why a bakery?
Bakeries are fine additions to any neighbourhood. They are valued by residents and visitors alike – we want people to be able to pop out to pick up fresh bread, cakes and pastries. They are also remarkably welcoming – is there a better smell than freshly-baked bread?
What’s in it for the baker?
Kelham Island is widely recognised as one of the best foodie neighbourhoods around. People travel from across the city and beyond to buy food in the area and we want to add to that burgeoning reputation.
The location of the Little Kelham Bakery couldn’t be any better – as well as being the cornerstone for Little Kelham, it’s on a main thoroughfare passing through Kelham Island and right next to some well-established places like The Grind, The Fat Cat, Kelham Island Brewery and Craft and Dough.
The building itself is also perfect for a bakery – plenty of space to make and sell produce and beautiful big windows onto the street which are perfect for natural light and showcasing your wares.
What was the building originally?
The building acted as a entrance point for Eagle Works – it was where workers, visitors and delivery drivers would sign into the site. It is firmly part of the heritage of the area and as such is full of character. The shape of the building, with its curved corner, is particularly beautiful.
Will there be any other food and drink places in Little Kelham?
Yes! Later this year we’ll be opening a new bar at the near the Green Lane Works clock tower and we’ll have more details about that soon.
We want the vibrant, eclectic mix of food and drink offerings in Little Kelham to complement what is already in the area. There will be spaces available in Eagle Works, which is currently being renovated, as well as the Wedge Building, which is being built at the moment.