BS Steels continues to be busy, working with pub and hotel owners to create some stunning refurbishments to historic properties.

refurb of Ship and Trades pub ChathamLatest to reopen after a 3-month refurbishment is the Ship and Trades, overlooking Chatham Marina.

This 19th-century building started life as dockyard offices and an engineering shop. It was taken over by Shepherd Neame in 2001.

Its latest makeover added a stylish glass wrap-around conservatory, creating seating for an additional 80 diners. The outside area has also been upgraded to include new undercover seating with heating. Five new en-suite rooms have been added to the first floor, two with waterfront balconies.

BS Steels’s contribution included creation and installation of the steelwork for the conservatory, stairs, railings with mesh panel infills, and bespoke galvanised gutter supports. The ‘before and after’ pictures give a clear impression of the way in which this property has been brought up to the minute, maximising its location and potential for guests to eat, drink and stay.

Other current examples of BS Steels’ work in the hospitality sector include the 17th-century Grapevine in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, and the Grade II-listed Food for Thought at Fowey, a property dating back to the 14th century, and with one of the most significant medieval roof structures in Cornwall.

BS Steels’s has considerable experience dealing with the unique challenges of refurbishment and hospitality projects. Many pubs and restaurants close for refurbishment only for a limited period, with a demanding schedule; some remain open during alterations. However careful the initial survey and planning, interpretation of immediate site requirements is often required as buildings reveal their hidden secrets. BS Steels works hand-in-glove with contractors to provide real-time solutions.

If you’d like to know more, please contact Roger Slade>