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Cafe plans for old red phone boxes next to Pavilion Gardens in Brighton

The Argus: Cafe plans for old red phone boxes next to Pavilion Gardens in Brighton Cafe plans for old red phone boxes next to Pavilion Gardens in Brighton

Four iconic red phone boxes are set to be transformed into mini-cafes.

The two disconnected boxes at the entrance to Brighton’s Palace Pier and a pair next to Pavilion Gardens in New Road are set for the makeover after planning applications were submitted.

The group behind the project, Kensington Gardens-based Thinking Outside The Box, has pledged to donate a cut of profits to the local homeless community.


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In a statement, as part of its application submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council, it said: “The iconic K6 red phone boxes are both a great piece of engineering and architecture.

“Our aim is to redefine their usage to suit the modern day need and requirements without compromising their external appearance on the street scene.

“Our aim is to use a percentage of any profit raised to support the local homeless community in and around the location of the kiosks to enhance not only their lives and wellbeing but also the surrounding area.”

The plans state the disused boxes will be transformed into “self-contained food and beverage kiosks”.

An internal unit will roll in and out, with no need for extensive work to the listed structure.

Staff would man them between 7am and 8pm each day, selling food and drinks.

The key theme of the scheme is charity, with a percentage of profits going to the local homeless community.

A planning application for the pair in New Road was lodged in April 2013.

Planning permission for the boxes, which were damaged in the great storm of 1987, was granted in September.

Plans for the Palace Pier boxes were submitted on January 3, with a decision expected by March 10.

A statement as part of the application said: “The concept of a public phone box is now dated, with the majority of people now owning a mobile phone.

“The new use of the phone box will maintain the iconic appearance but reinvent its use to be current in the 21st Century.”

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1:19pm Thu 30 Jan 14

downbythesea says...

Argus reporting, can't you even get the title to your photos right?

The boxes shown are clearly at the entrance to the Palace Pier, not in Pavilion Gardens.

Perhaps you could get off your bottoms and take a photo of the correct boxes, or change the title?
Argus reporting, can't you even get the title to your photos right? The boxes shown are clearly at the entrance to the Palace Pier, not in Pavilion Gardens. Perhaps you could get off your bottoms and take a photo of the correct boxes, or change the title? downbythesea
  • Score: -2

2:33pm Thu 30 Jan 14

tykemison says...

Oooh, another business disguising itself in the"its for chaaarity mate"cloak.This is the latest underhand way of trying to get you to part with the limited funds you now take home in pay.Business model:open business and tell people a "percentage"goes to local charities, cunning even if somewhat devious.
Oooh, another business disguising itself in the"its for chaaarity mate"cloak.This is the latest underhand way of trying to get you to part with the limited funds you now take home in pay.Business model:open business and tell people a "percentage"goes to local charities, cunning even if somewhat devious. tykemison
  • Score: 7

2:50pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Richada says...

The article does state that two in Pavilion Gardens and the two (photographed) by Brighton Pier wouldf be so transformed.

All for this if it means that these small slices of heritage are properly maintained and preserved. Currently, with chipped paint and missing panels of glass, they just add to the increasing general decrepitude of our city
The article does state that two in Pavilion Gardens and the two (photographed) by Brighton Pier wouldf be so transformed. All for this if it means that these small slices of heritage are properly maintained and preserved. Currently, with chipped paint and missing panels of glass, they just add to the increasing general decrepitude of our city Richada
  • Score: 6

3:22pm Thu 30 Jan 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Good news for the Cafe in the Pavilion Gardens then Maybe an MP could get his picture taken next to it??
Good news for the Cafe in the Pavilion Gardens then Maybe an MP could get his picture taken next to it?? upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: 1

5:10pm Thu 30 Jan 14

tykemison says...

Richada wrote:
The article does state that two in Pavilion Gardens and the two (photographed) by Brighton Pier wouldf be so transformed.

All for this if it means that these small slices of heritage are properly maintained and preserved. Currently, with chipped paint and missing panels of glass, they just add to the increasing general decrepitude of our city
Have you seen the state of the phone box outside the parkview surgery on bottom of lewes road?
[quote][p][bold]Richada[/bold] wrote: The article does state that two in Pavilion Gardens and the two (photographed) by Brighton Pier wouldf be so transformed. All for this if it means that these small slices of heritage are properly maintained and preserved. Currently, with chipped paint and missing panels of glass, they just add to the increasing general decrepitude of our city[/p][/quote]Have you seen the state of the phone box outside the parkview surgery on bottom of lewes road? tykemison
  • Score: 3

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