By Paul MacGregorThe carbonneau ceramic tiles used in a landmark pub on a remote Scottish island have been used to create a classic ‘bar and grill’ in the United Kingdom.
The bar was built on the island of Kilbride, just outside of Glasgow, in the 1930s, but has since been demolished.
Now, the carbonneau tile has been used for the main pub, but the rest of the pub has remained untouched.
This is a composite image of the original building and a modern carbonneau image from the internet.
A carbonneau mosaic of the old Kilbrides bar.
In recent years, Kilbrider’s pubs have been closed, but its still possible to visit.
Kilbride’s main pub was built in the early 1930s by the Glasgow-based businessman George Calvert.
When Calvert died in 1974, his son George MacDonald took over the building and it has remained a popular hangout for Scottish pub-goers for the past 70 years.
But in 2012, the Kilbriders family estate decided to sell the pub and open a new pub in the village of Kilnhead, a nearby Scottish city.
With no plan to reopen the pub, Kilnheads community council said they decided to create the KilBRIDGE.
They chose to go with the carbonnel, as the ceramic tiles are more durable and easier to work with than other tiles, and as they are more reflective than traditional ceramics.
Local artist John Firth created the design, which was then used in collaboration with a local company, Rethink Ceramics Ltd.
Ceramics are commonly used in many projects across the UK, including a large glass facade in a new hotel in the Welsh town of Wrexham, a huge ceramic tile facade at an apartment block in central London and a carbonneau facade at a major shopping centre in the UK.
“Ceramic tiles are a beautiful medium to create an impression, and they can be used for a variety of purposes,” said John Firy, Rithink Cerams general manager.
We wanted to create something that is more contemporary than any other ceramic tile we’ve done, so we decided to go for the traditional carbonneau,” he added.”
This is something we really like.
“It’s still unclear exactly what the new Kilbrided pub will look like, but local community councillor Simon Smith said he would love to see a new mural painted on the building.
There is also a plan to paint the whole of the new pub on the carbonnels surface.”
That would be fantastic,” he said.”
There is such a history to this area and this is something that we’ve always wanted to do, but it would be a very cool project to bring to life.””
I think it’s a really great way to remember this place, and it would bring the whole community together,” he concluded.
For more information, check out the Rithod website.