PASTRY, pies and Procast came together in perfect alignment as an award-winning bakery reopened its doors to the public.
The sweet moment happened on Monday, June 14, 2021, when Christie’s moved into new premises in Graham Street, Airdrie, after a major refurbishment by Procast of the building in which it trades.
Procast handed over the keys to 8 Graham Street after completing a £750,000 refurbishment of the building that is home to Andrew Chisholm’s much-loved bakery business.
Shop staff moved from their current premises at No. 12 and will continue to serve their legions of loyal customers from the new shop, which boasts a host of new features.
A special cake was baked for the big day as bakery owner Andrew – whose business has another shop in Coatbridge – took control of the premises from Procast Site Manager Scott Martin and North Lanarkshire Councillor Ian McNeil.
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.”
The project was completed for North Lanarkshire Properties, which is an arm’s length organisation connected to North Lanarkshire Council, and it involved three phases, the last two of which commenced in October, 2020.
Works involved stripping out an existing Chinese restaurant and carrying our structural repairs to the properties above to form two new apartments as well as roof renovations and basement improvements.
On behalf of NLP, Chris Sullivan, North Lanarkshire Council Strategic Asset Manager said: “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 refurnished 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.”
Once Christie’s are established in their new premises, Procast, who are based in Strathaven, 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 ‘walk-up window’, a main entrance with touch-free automatic door opening and a portable hearing loop.”