The man behind Harrogate’s most important public development for decades has talked to the Harrogate Advertiser about his excitement for what he calls a project with “Old Hollywood glamour.”
Harrogate-based developer Adam Thorpe, whose property group was announced recently as the buyer of Harrogate Borough Council’s Crescent Gardens offices, said he wanted to create a destination that was “truly exceptional and inspiring” - including a 'pineapple' shaped restaurant.
Mr Thorpe said: “The team will develop Crescent Gardens character and soul over the next three years to combine the notable scheme with the historic heritage of the Spa Quarter area.
“Think the Old Hollywood glamour of the roaring twenties. Think an opulence of Great Gatsby proportions: Art Deco detailing featuring brass inlays and imaculate finishes.”
It’s the first time the details of this spectacular vision for the future of Crescent Gardens have been unveiled and Mr Thorpe has also released visualisations which can be seen on page 17 of this newspaper.
He said: ‘If you can inspire people with environment then not only may we become more aware of how we feel but also of the natural world around us, those we share it with, our place within it and how we can positively impact the world in future.’
Subject to planning approval, Adam Thorpe Property Group PLC’s plan is to transform the building into 14 apartments, an art gallery, a restaurant and two retail units.
Mr Thorpe said the reconfigured council offices would “evoke charm, beauty and prestige.”
He said: “The signature aesthetic of Crescent Gardens interiors was inspired by the original bronze arches above the central grand entrance hall doors. This beautiful architecture has dictated the rest of the space which will be characterised by decadent detail work, distinctive colours and bold geometry to evoke charm, beauty and prestige.
Under the plans, the road in front of the Harrogate Borough Council’s offices would also be removed.
Adam Thorpe said: “By removing the cars from the front of the building, the parkland and residents’ gardens being enjoyed at the front of the building once again sets the Crescent Gardens back within its ‘Gardens’.”
He said the green space itself would then become a new focal point with the building of see-through, pineapple-shaped dining area called The Gardens Restaurant.
Adam Thorpe said: “The feeling of community is very important for the Crescent Gardens scheme both for those visiting Harrogate, the people of Harrogate to enjoy the gardens, Restaurant and Art Gallery and for the small number of residents who will enjoy living within the historic property.“