For the past two months I’ve been fortunate to be working with the fabulous team over at Holt pubs Co on their new project. Anyone who follows me on on any of my socials knows already what this super cool project is, but for everyone else its been the Baker Street Project.
Formerly known as SoBar (as well as many others) The building had been left to disintegrate for a number of years before Dave Holt & his business partner Darren Cooper had taken it on (You can read more about that here )
I won’t ramble about the whole project from start to finish, but I will talk about what I’ve been doing here… Document the process. And what a process its been! A complete labour of love for the team, and not without its many difficulties, the building that I turned up to for the first time back on that chilly January morning looked a little something like this…
Week after week I’ve entered its doors with the same “Oh my god, look at how much you’ve done!” And its been genuine excitement at seeing everything Dave described as his finished creation coming to life before me.
I’ll admit after that first walk around, I asked Dave who his designer was.
“Really? This is all you?” I replied when he told me he didn’t have one.
From its ornate textured tiles, its raw elemental walls, luxurious colour palate, the indoor secret garden vibe is very much the style, and done so very well, I had no idea this six foot-ish, Lancashire, blokes-bloke, had so much style! – Sorry Dave!
But, he’s done it and he’s done it incredibly well.
So, before & Afters? – Always my favourite part…
After all the hard work, this week has been opening week for Baker Street Preston, and what a week its been! The team have been working constantly to pull everything together and Wednesday evening marked the soft opening. The red carpet was rolled out, the drinks were poured, the fire eaters… well, ate fire. The entire place came alive, and I was there to capture it all.
I’ve also been really lucky with this project to have worked with a fellow called Peter cross, (Owner of Hype films uk) a very talented videographer who has killed it with his promotional work on this!
From the get go, I’ve been fascinated by this place and the plans for it, to see everything come together really has been a such a pleasure. I can’t thank the Holt pub co team enough for bringing me on – and for just being so downright friendly every session! Huge congratulations on a job well done to them all.
And as the tag line goes…Preston’s latest bohemian bar. Decadence and corruption for everybody!
It really is my kinda’ place!
Baker Street Preston is officially open! Official Launch night 7pm tonight! come join us…
Baker Street Preston: Facebook page.