Waltham Forest coffee roasters Perky Blenders has opened a new café in the former Magistrates’ Court in Walthamstow.
The former court has been internally refurbished and reopened as The Magistrates, providing offices for Council staff along with a public café offering Perky Blenders refreshments.
The local start-up business has grown from strength to strength - this is their third fixed location in the borough and they also have a strong online coffee subscription service, mailing across the UK. The company also offers free delivery to local residents using the zero emission delivery service, ZED.
Perky Blenders are small batch, speciality grade coffee roasters, with beans predominantly sourced from farms in South America and Africa, hand-picked for their quality.
The Magistrates refurbishment was undertaken by Gort Scott, the architects behind the award-winning Central Parade. The court’s internal walls were demolished to transform the building and, open up the space, maximising natural light.
The designers discovered many of the original features of the old court building, such as reclaimed teak from the cells, cast iron pipes and exposed patterned concrete.
Adam Cozens, co-founder of Perky Blenders and Walthamstow resident said: “We are so pleased to be occupying this exciting space. 2018 will see lots of exciting news for us and we are proud to be back at the centre of Walthamstow. Residents can look forward to lots of exciting collaborations too. ‘Perky Blenders at The Magistrates’ is open to the public and we owe everything to our community. Everyone who enjoys our coffee owns a piece of our success story.”
Refurbishing The Magistrates is part of the wider Town Hall vision that will see the Grade II listed building protected and its heritage preserved.
These changes form part of One Public Estate, an initiative that will see council staff relocated into buildings that are fit for purpose, while older council-owned buildings will be released for much-needed housing and social facilities in the borough.
The initiative has already seen staff relocate from Juniper House in Walthamstow town centre to the Town Hall complex, allowing Juniper House to be redeveloped into new homes and commercial space.
Councillor Simon Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets, said: “Our staff will be housed together in a building that is appropriate for their work needs, and residents have even more options in the area as we deliver quality food and beverage offers and give local businesses like Perky Blenders the opportunity to expand.
“We are proud to be supporting local business in the borough, part of our commitment to ‘keep, seed and grow’ local companies in Waltham Forest.
“The reopening of The Magistrates is the first step in our long term vision to deliver savings, quality homes and social infrastructure to our residents.”