Gents Quarter, Baildon, West Yorkshire

Project overview / Project value:

Conversion of existing shop unit in Baildon, West Yorkshire, to form new traditional Gents Barbers / £20,000 approx

Services provided / local authority:

Architectural, planning & interior design / City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Project brief:

We were initially appointed to carry out Architectural & Interior Design Services for this project in Baildon, West Yorkshire, in 2012. This was the second Gents barber’s shop we’ve been involved with, from a design perspective, and also the second time we’d been involved with this particular building (having previously designed a florists and obtained the necessary planning permission around 2010).

The vision of Ollie, the owner of Gents Quarter, was both clear and strong, in that he wanted to achieve a hip, but traditional, Gents barber shop. Our role was to help him realise that vision. The business has been a roaring success since it opened, and has gained a great local reputation. It’s safe to say Gents Quarter has become something of an iconic institution in the town of Baildon.

The aesthetic of the shop is traditional, almost Steam-Punk in places, and utilises the Ornate copper wall panelling, patterned mosaic tiled inserts within a wooden floor, copper light fittings with naked bulbs and the use of strong, bold paint colours, such as Aquamarine blue. The shop is also prominently positioned next to the main roundabout in Baildon Village, so is difficult to miss.

When visiting Gents Quarter, customers can experience a traditional hair-cut, wet shave and even be treated to a whiskey or a traditional cigar. Here’s hoping Ollie and his staff enjoy many more successful years here.