As a developer with a passion for technology, Cosgrave Development’s John Legg has been thinking about what to build.
So he put together a brief.
“It’s the first site in a series of sites we have to do a feasibility study on,” he says.
“We’ve looked at sites that are currently in development, we’ve looked through the market, we look at where we can put in a new site, and we want to get to the bottom of it.
If it can’t, we’ll look at the next site.” “
If it can, we’re going to be looking at other sites.
If it can’t, we’ll look at the next site.”
He’s not talking about any specific sites but instead a range of sites he thinks could be in the pipeline.
“A lot of people are looking at sites like this one, but there’s a lot of them,” he said.
A little bit of history The project started with a visit to a Victorian pub and an idea that had popped into Legg’s head. “
But there are a number in the vicinity, so I wanted to make sure that we could take advantage of all of that, so we decided to look at a number that was within walking distance and we knew the location and it was close enough to get in.”
A little bit of history The project started with a visit to a Victorian pub and an idea that had popped into Legg’s head.
“I went into a pub in Glasgow and there was a very attractive, big pub and I was talking to the owner and he said he’d like to open a restaurant and he wanted me to work with him,” he recalls.
The project took 18 months to complete and involved the use of a 3D printer to build a “very large, three-storey restaurant with a bar” that was then “filled with people”. “
So I started working on the idea and started talking to people, I went to a number and I found people who were looking at this, and I went and got them in touch and we did a feasibility project.”
The project took 18 months to complete and involved the use of a 3D printer to build a “very large, three-storey restaurant with a bar” that was then “filled with people”.
“The concept was that we’d put a bar and a kitchen and a small dining area and we’d then have a restaurant on the site, but the kitchen was going to have a separate dining area.”
I thought it was a good idea and it came together very quickly.
Legg also had help from his girlfriend, Katie, who’s a software developer and is a friend of Cosgrave founder, James Cosgrave. “
One of the people who helped was the business and they took us on to do the planning and the construction of the site.”
Legg also had help from his girlfriend, Katie, who’s a software developer and is a friend of Cosgrave founder, James Cosgrave.
She helped “make sure the site looked nice” and made sure the plumbing was right and the roof was lined up.
“At the end of the day we had to take care of all the other infrastructure and that was the most difficult part of it,” he told the BBC.
“Obviously the planning was really difficult, but you can see that we did our best.”
Cosgrave has now completed the project and it has been a big success.
“This is a great opportunity to build something out of nothing, to build an amazing experience for everyone who comes to the site,” Cosgrave said.
There’s no word yet on when the restaurant will open, but Cosgrave is hopeful the site will be up and running by Christmas.
“What I want to say is we’re very excited about this, we want people to come and enjoy the site and we really want people who come to the restaurant to be proud of the work that we’ve done,” he added.
Cosgrave hopes to eventually open up the site to the public for a second time.
“With the right infrastructure and the right design, I hope that we can come back to that site in about five years time,” he explained.
Cosgrave plans to keep up with the site development with a series the site could eventually be up to 300 people strong. “
Hopefully we can make it a very long time.”
Cosgrave plans to keep up with the site development with a series the site could eventually be up to 300 people strong.
He said the site is being built on a “baseline” basis.
“For a small site it’s actually quite difficult, there’s not a lot you can do with it but there are all the things that can be done,” Legg said.
The site has also attracted interest from other developers.
“Cosgrave is actually looking at a couple of other sites and we’re looking at the opportunity to develop another one of these sites.
We’re looking for a site with more development and we’ll see what comes out of that.”
The site’s owners Cosgrave have now completed construction