The ground floor and basement of the double-fronted building at the top of Upper Street have been adapted for the needs of a new tenant, the vegan restaurant, Wild Food Café.
We designed structural alterations to the existing floors, suspended ceilings, and the flat roof at the rear. We worked closely with the rest of the design team and the appointed contractor to find creative solutions to the challenge of the new services distribution within the confines of the existing spaces. Having found that the building had been significantly altered in the past and we had to navigate our way between late 20th century reinforced concrete beams, original Victorian cast iron frames, and haphazard alterations made by previous tenants. We were closely involved during the site works, with much of the existing structure exposed only when the tightly scheduled construction activities began on site. With measured and well considered interventions, we have kept the cost of structural works to the minimum, so that the Client’s budget could focus on the aspects most important to the success of the restaurant – interior fixtures and finishes, and the back-of-house equipment.
Client: Wild Alchemy UK
Contractor: Benchmark Designs Ltd
Contract Sum: £Private