Harrison was commissioned by hospitality operator Mitchells & Butlers to design an All Bar One in a building that was originally Queen Victoria’s private waiting room at Windsor Royal Station.
Developing a branded offer in a listed building is always a challenge and Harrison’s design sensitivity enabled them to develop a proposition that successfully met the expectations of both the client and their customers.
I spoke to Janice Mitten from Harrison about this interesting project:
What was the brief?
Mitchells & Butlers’ brief was to restore the existing listed building, as it has a historic story and fantastic existing features. So, incorporating this into the design was key. We felt that we could incorporate the All Bar One brand feel into this building without disturbing what was there, by using things like large leaning blackboards and painted graphics on the walls.
How big a challenge was the listed building status?
Yes, as the building was listed, we couldn’t fix to the ceiling or walls unless the area had already been fixed to, so lighting was hung from cable trays, which hung from new steel beams and not the existing structure.
I’m interested in the floor finishes for this project – what was used?
There is an original parquet timber floor that we sanded and refinished to bring it up to its former glory! Also, there are existing Yorkstone slabs that we jet washed and regrouted.
Were any new flooring products used?
The brief was to reuse all existing finishes, as the existing material was high quality but had been neglected. It just needed some TLC.
Harrison is a leading design consultancy, specialising in restaurant and bar branding, design and development. Thanks to Harrison for contributing to this post.
Products & services
Tiles: charcoal tile, Solus Ceramics
Stone flooring: existing Yorkstone
Timber flooring: original boards and parquet
Bar: original, clad in bridge oak boarding
Booth seating and loose furniture: Classic Furniture
Lighting: Into Lighting
Kitchen equipment: Lloyd Catering Equipment