Frederick's Café & Gelateria

Bench Architects, Bakewell, 2007


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The shop front's window can be dropped into a cavity to allow interaction with customers on the street 

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  •  The shop front    
  • The architects gave the gelateria a traditional facade based on a study of Victorian and Edwardian examples    
  • The building has a narrow frontage to the pavement on Bridge Street    
  • A believer in     
  • Natural light enters through new roof lights and a large first floor window permeates to ground level through all glass floors    
  • The first floor café    
  • Washroom facilities    
  • Wearing skirts on the first floor is not advised    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Mezzanine floor plan    
  • Front elevation    
  • Section A-A    
  • Section C-C    
  • Section D-D    
  • Section E-E    
  • Section G-G    
  • Original building    
  • Shop front sectional detail    
  • Ground floor detail    

Refurbishment of a narrow two storey sweet shop into a state-of-the-art gelateria that retains its Victorian character whilst adding a hi-tech touch

After gutting the former sweet shop and rearranging the internal structure of the three-storey building, the 100-year-old Frederick’s of Bakewell is now a modern Italian gelateria in a town renowned for its almond-based tarts.

The contemporary feel of the bare steel, lightboxes and exposed brick is countered by the sobriety of the cleaned-up fascia, with frosted glass lettering looking out on to the high street.


  • Completed: 2007
  • Sector: Retail
  • Total cost: £125,000
  • Address: Frederick's Café & Gelateria, 1 Bridge Street, Bakewell, DE45 1DS, United Kingdom

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