A HELENSBURGH coffee shop is seeking permission to carry out a refurbishment of its town centre premises.

Costa Coffee, at 28 West Princes Street, has submitted proposals to Argyll and Bute Council for interior changes and new signage.

Access for customers to the internationally-renowned coffee chain’s shop will not be affected. A decision is expected from the council by Tuesday, June 4.

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A design and access statement for the application said: “The proposal is to replace the existing signage with new like for like to now include ‘Coffee’ and refurbish the internal decoration, furniture layout and lighting like for like based on the existing design.

“The proposed internal works includes the replacement of furniture to match the existing layout, and the upgrade/replacement of existing branding fixtures and graphics and existing lighting.

“There are no major works and this is an upgrade/replacement of the existing branding fixtures, graphics, internal decoration and lighting.

“Access to the store remains unchanged.”

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A statement by Arcadis Design and Consultancy added: “Externally, the proposed development would retain and enhance the front elevation, in its current form.

“The works will ensure the continued retention of the building and provide the required maintenance to the front and rear of property, while ensuring Costa’s modest changes to its branding are accommodated.

“Internally, it is proposed to retain the existing wall panelling throughout the property. The proposed works will involve an update to the existing Costa counters, fixtures and decoration, all of which are later additions to the property.

“The majority of these changes will be like for like, thus minimising any potential for there to be any harm to the historic fabric of the building.”

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