Posts Tagged ‘refurbishment’

Project showcase: All Bar One, Windsor, by Harrison

July 20, 2012

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.



Ska Rating

February 13, 2011

I heard about the Ska Rating from Joe Cilia of the Association of Interior Specialists.

It’s an environmental benchmarking and rating tool for interior design and fit-out projects. The system has been adopted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and will enable you to measure 100% of the environmental performance of an office fit-out. It will allow the sustainability of existing building stock to be improved, where a BREEAM rating would not be achievable.


Healthcare projects in a recession: will refurbs be enough?

February 11, 2011

via Building Better Healthcare–
As part of the recent Comprehensive Spending Review the Government announced a 17% reduction in the NHS capital budget, effectively meaning no new building schemes being approved for at least three years. Along with the NHS re-organisation being proposed in the NHS Bill, the disruption to new NHS estate projects is likely to be felt for some time.

This makes grim reading for product manufacturers, designers and contractors who frequently supply for, or work on, healthcare projects.

Hospital Corridor