Attended by over 600 of the UK and world’s leading designers and hospitality operators, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards was held on the 12th September 2013 at the Farmiloe Building, London. This historic building, which has a strictly listed status, made an exciting venue and backdrop for the 5th anniversary of the awards, which again celebrated innovative design in the hospitality sector.
The Victorian architecture & engineering of the Farmiloe Building in Smithfield was complemented by five uniquely designed “Box Project” spaces each designed by dedicated teams for the Awards – B3 Designers and Guoman Hotels; DesignLSM and Galvins; David Archer Architects and Busaba Eathai; Estudio Nomada and A-Cantina and Nicholas Alexander and Levy Restaurants.
Working with Nicholas Alexander on the design, theme and style and with Levy Restaurants on the operational application of the space, Breezefree’s retractable canopy created a striking counterpart to Nicholas Alexander’s theatrical kitchen area, much to the delight of Roy Westwood, Levy Restaurants’ Creative Director. His team delivered mouthwatering morsels to the assembled gathering of over 600 top designer, operator & developer companies who were all celebrating design excellence in the international hospitality sector.
Breezefree’s Managing Director William Lisle said “Despite being constrained by the listed status on the building, which prohibited use of any new fixings, and the plethora of approvals that had to be gained to satisfy those concerned with the long term redevelopment of the Building, we all enjoyed the challenge that designing, manufacturing and installing this one-off retractable canopy presented.”
Simon Cotton, Development Director, who designed the retractable canopy said: “It’s a privilege to be working with the crème de la crème of this industry and we’re delighted that our retractable canopy was considered to be a reflection of the prestige of the awards. It’s a fine example of how Breezefree thinks outside the box.”