Thursday 6 November 2014

Phone- box conversions to mini-shops and cafes


                                                          pics: Brian Moore, Brighton

A Brighton-based charitable trust, Thinking Outside the Box supports homeless projects by giving a percentage of its earnings from the retail uses of converted phone boxes, according to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.

It has the support of Miles Broe Architecture: "The K2 and K6 red phone boxes are iconic pieces of both engineering and architecture. The aim of this proposal is to redefine their usage to suit modern day needs and requirements without compromising their external appearance on the street scene."

The application is part of a scheme to convert a number of disused BT kiosks into small retail outlets, selling products such as ice cream and coffee.

Mr Broe said: "The formula is simple and Miles Broe Architecture brings their planning experience to bear on rolling out these proposals nationwide.

"Working with the charity Thinking Outside the Box, British Telecom and registered charities to safeguard many dilapidated and misused listed phone kiosks, the charity will provide training for jobs within the programme."

Projects were granted planning permission by Brighton and Hove City Council in September last year (see pic) followed by Plymouth and Nottingham, with planning permission currently awaiting approval in Bradford..

A possible sponsorship opportunity for the mults?

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