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St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School, Pontefract add Enclosed Outdoor Dining Area with Heat and Light

St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School, Pontefract add Enclosed Outdoor Dining Area with Heat and Light

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School had outgrown its dining room, which eventually could only seat half their pupils at a time. They looked at the options to increase dining space and realised that they couldn’t afford an extension building. That is when they contacted A&S Landscape and realised that an outdoor canopy, with side panels, power, heating and lighting could be a fantastic, cost-effective solution.
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Polysafe Verona PUR brightens up school dining experience

Polysafe Verona PUR brightens up school dining experience

Polyflor Ltd

Polysafe Verona PUR sheet vinyl flooring was installed at Middleton Technology School in Manchester as part of a recent school refurbishment. Polysafe Verona in the fresh hue of Summer Coulis has been used in serving and dining areas of the school refectory, adding a bright and uplifting feel to the dining hall. Specified by main contractor H Bell & Sons (Rochdale) Ltd and installed by Winton Flooring in Manchester, the flooring creates a welcoming and relaxing environment, suitable for pupils during lunch breaks.
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Polysafe Verona adds flavour to The Sutton Academy dining hall

Polysafe Verona adds flavour to The Sutton Academy dining hall

Polyflor Ltd

A combination of Polyflor’s Polysafe Verona PUR vinyl safety flooring in two complementary and stylish shades has been used to help create an eye-catching dining hall for pupils at The Sutton Academy in St Helens. As part of a major refurbishment project at the school, over 400m2 of Polysafe Verona PUR flooring was installed throughout the dining and seating areas where pupils relax and have fun during break times. Verona flooring in Biscotti and Dolphin Grey shades was used to create a neutral backdrop.
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Luxury decking solution for spa alfresco dining area

Luxury decking solution for spa alfresco dining area

Wallbarn Ltd

A luxury spa in Berkshire was looking to convert their terrace into an appealing dining area. The management needed a beautiful solution with minimum disruption, as the outdoor dining area was able to stay open to the public during construction. Duro Excellence EasyClick System was installed in colours denim and moor oak. The aluminium rail system was the perfect frame for the outdoor area’s low threshold. The boards simply clip down into place, ensuring swift, trouble-free installation. It was essential that the boards were not screwed through the surface, as customers were walking barefoot.
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The Conduit - A Unique Rooftop Dining Experience

The Conduit - A Unique Rooftop Dining Experience

Caribbean Blinds UK Ltd

The Conduit is an existing client of Caribbean Blinds having used our louvered pergolas at their previous club in Mayfair in 2018. Knowing both the benefits of installing louvered pergolas, providing flexible shade and shelter allowing the terrace to be used all year round, therefore providing an important revenue stream for the business along with a unique dining experience for their discerning members along with the service we offer, the Conduit wanted to replicate this at their new club in Covent Garden, albeit on a much larger scale.The new roof terrace, which was on the 7th floor, had a footprint of approx. 300sq/m. The client wanted to cover 2/3rds of this with pergolas, leaving the remaining 1/3rd completely open. The model was to be our Prestige Pod, which they had previously installed, where the louvered roof not only rotates but fully retracts and when closed is completely watertight. A total cluster of 8 modules were required to cover a surface area of c. 200sq/m. The perimeter edges were equipped with screens to offer protection from the elements to the sides. Additionally screens were inserted along with doorways between certain modules so areas could be zoned off for events and private functions. Each module had infra-red heating and festoon lighting installed to create a cosy and pleasant environment year round.A project of this size, requires clear communication, co-ordination and planning. We worked closely with the architect, designer, contractor and end client at every stage, to ensure a seamless process and journey. Site meetings were held with all parties. Full CAD drawings of the structures, positioning and importantly drainage, wiring and post mounting plate positions, which were highly critical as a steel sub frame had to be fabricated and installed and services run were provided. A dedicated project co-ordinator oversaw the entire project to ensure it run smoothly and on-time and in-budget.Like all roof terrace installations there were many challenges, from working at height to access with a road closure required for this project to allow craning of the goods to the terrace. Manufacture from order sign off for the bespoke pergolas was just 12 weeks, with installation taking 2 weeks, via our own trained teams and all in time for a VIP client 4th July party.Anthony Pollak, Facilities Director for The Conduit commented:“Having had a Caribbean blind pergola installation at our previous property we knew the quality of their products.When the opportunity came from our landlord to give us a substantial area to build a roof terrace we knew that we had to include Caribbean Blinds within the design.Installing the Caribbean Blinds pergolas has enabled us to use our roof terrace all year around. In the summer when the weather is good we can open up the space effortlessly and in the winter when the roof is closed, sides are down and heaters on it gives us much needed outside space.From the initial design meetings all the way through to install the Caribbean Blinds team were pleasant and professional to deal with. They made the whole experience very pleasant and straight forward.”To find out more about how we can help you create unforgettable alfresco experiences 365 days a year please contact one of our knowledgeable and friendly team on 0344 800 1947, send us an email projects@cbsolarshading.co.uk or visit our website www.cbsolarshading.co.uk.
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John Taylor High School in Staffordshire Add External Dining Area Canopy

John Taylor High School in Staffordshire Add External Dining Area Canopy

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

Often a challenge during the course of a busy school day, many schools experience pressure on facilities such as dining room areas.
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Co-op Academy Failsworth in Manchester Adds Dining Canopies

Co-op Academy Failsworth in Manchester Adds Dining Canopies

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

Co-op Academy Failsworth loves the dining shelters; they let the students eat outside at break times which is beneficial for their wellbeing and helps to reduce pressure on indoor facilities. The contemporary feel of the canopies is welcome and attractive.
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Sydenham School in Greater London Installs Dining Shelter

Sydenham School in Greater London Installs Dining Shelter

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

The enclosed dining canopy has hugely impressed everyone at Sydenham School. The high-quality finish was just what they wanted and the custom design created a facility that can be enjoyed on every school day of the year.
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Whitemead Forest Park in Gloucestershire Adds Bespoke Dining Shelter to New Terrace

Whitemead Forest Park in Gloucestershire Adds Bespoke Dining Shelter to New Terrace

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

Everyone at Whitemead Forest Park has fallen in love with the bespoke dining canopy. It is a fabulous addition to the facilities and has been invaluable in building the new outdoor space. Visitors can enjoy eating and socialising outdoors throughout the year.
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St Mary’s and St John’s CE School in Greater London Finds Dining Canopy

St Mary’s and St John’s CE School in Greater London Finds Dining Canopy

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

The dining canopy has been a fantastic addition to St Mary's and St John’s CE School. Students now have more choice when considering where to hang out with friends or eat at break times and lunchtimes, and queues in the indoor facilities have been significantly reduced!
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Salford City Academy in Greater Manchester Adds Dining Canopy

Salford City Academy in Greater Manchester Adds Dining Canopy

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

Salford City Academy was really pleased with the new canopy. Break times are now not so crowded and it’s easier for the children and staff alike to relax between lessons. The dining shelter is a fantastic, modern space for everything from eating to chatting with friends.
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Richmond Park Academy in London Installs Dining Canopy

Richmond Park Academy in London Installs Dining Canopy

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

The students at Richmond Park Academy love the new dining canopy. It has become an invaluable facility; break times are now a more pleasant affair as everyone can choose from multiple areas and have a little more elbow room when eating lunch.
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Kingsmead School in Staffordshire Installs Enclosed Dining Canopy

Kingsmead School in Staffordshire Installs Enclosed Dining Canopy

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

The new dining canopy was a true success at Kingsmead School. The grounds have been transformed and the students now have a fantastic new space where they can socialise, eat and take time away from their studies. It is incredibly useful as it has eased pressure on existing facilities.
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Elfed High School in Flintshire Adds Dining Shelter

Elfed High School in Flintshire Adds Dining Shelter

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

Everyone at Elfed High School benefits from the new dining shelter and its design has made the space both more modern and functional. Students can now eat, chat with friends or even study outside, thanks to the covered area, and take some well-earned time away from studying and exams.
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Great Baddow High School in Essex Installs Dining Shelter

Great Baddow High School in Essex Installs Dining Shelter

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

Great Baddow High School was delighted with the dining canopy; the bespoke structure met its needs efficiently and the way it worked with the existing architecture was a great success. It has created a welcoming place for students to gather, eat, chat and have fun during their breaks.
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Hampton Gardens School in Cambridgeshire Adds Enclosed Dining Canopy

Hampton Gardens School in Cambridgeshire Adds Enclosed Dining Canopy

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

The enclosed dining canopy has been a success at Hampton Gardens School. It has transformed the grounds and built somewhere with many purposes that can enhance the students’ daily lives – whether they’re simply eating with friends, or even exploring another side of their curriculum via an outdoor classroom shelter.
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Laurus Cheadle Hulme in Greater Manchester Adds Dining Canopy

Laurus Cheadle Hulme in Greater Manchester Adds Dining Canopy

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

Everyone at Laurus Cheadle Hulme thinks the world of the dining canopy. Breaks now aren’t so hectic and crowded, as the new space has opened up options for where the children can spend them. The shelter has hugely improved the outdoor facilities and potential attendees will surely see it as a great asset.
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Mounts Bay Academy in Cornwall Installs Dining Shelter

Mounts Bay Academy in Cornwall Installs Dining Shelter

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

The dining and events canopy has been really well-received. The multi-purpose space met the school’s brief and students can enjoy concerts and lunchtimes in the fresh air at any point in the year, even if the weather isn’t up to scratch.
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Expona Flow flooring adds impact to school dining hall

Expona Flow flooring adds impact to school dining hall

Polyflor Ltd

Expona Flow PUR sheet vinyl flooring from Polyflor was chosen by Broad Oak Primary School in Didsbury, Manchester as a hard wearing flooring option that would smarten up their dining area and give years of performance in this high traffic area. The eye catching Reclaimed Chevron 9830 design from the Expona Flow PUR range was installed by Manchester based Barratt & Hughes flooring contractors in the school’s canteen area. With an inbuilt herringbone pattern, this Reclaimed Chevron design was chosen to complement the old parquet flooring in the school’s assembly hall.
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Specialist Day School Improves Acoustics in Their Dining Room

Specialist Day School Improves Acoustics in Their Dining Room

Sound Reduction Systems Ltd

Sonata Vario Class A suspended acoustic absorption panels installed within the dining room at Burlington House School to control reverberation and noise during use.
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Dorma Variflex Semi Automatic Acoustic  moveable wall
 Style delivers flexible dining to new Ivy Asia

Dorma Variflex Semi Automatic Acoustic moveable wall Style delivers flexible dining to new Ivy Asia

Style - Moveable Partition Specialists

Recently opened, the lavishly decorated Ivy Asia is a concept restaurant/bar set in the heart of London. Offering flexible dining, Style installed a semi-automatic Dorma Hüppe Variflex moveable wall, allowing an exclusive room for up to 35 guests to be quickly created. With the Variflex system delivering 38dB Rw acoustic integrity, the private guests can enjoy an intimate experience in the sectioned off room, while the rest of the bar and restaurant operates as normal. The panel facings have a simple priming sheet finish, allowing the restaurant to decorate them with their own flamboyantly Asian-themed graphics,
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Greedo Dining Commercial Case Study

Greedo Dining Commercial Case Study

Zip Water

Opened in 2017, contemporary English bistro Greedo Dining sits in the heart of Lymington’s high street in Hampshire, serving fresh, local produce in an intimate setting.
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Rows & Vines - Extraordinary Vineyard Dining Experience

Rows & Vines - Extraordinary Vineyard Dining Experience

Caribbean Blinds UK Ltd

An al-fresco experience like no other; where you can relax and enjoy award-winning English sparkling wines alongside perfectly paired seasonal plates, with views over the growing vines and the South Downs beyond. That was the vision for Ridgeviews Rows & Vine Restaurant.  Being an outdoor only restaurant it was imperative that the space could be used in all weather conditions to ensure maximum revenue year round. Therefore as part of the design a series of canopies were incorporated on the zoned terraces along with adjacent to the bar area to provide diners with a comfortable space to enjoy the iconic views and the perfect spot to sip, savour and celebrate.  Working closely with the project architect, our Deluxe Outdoor Living Pod – 4 double modules totalling almost 200sq/m of coverage were specified. Featuring a louvered roof that rotates through 150 degrees and is waterproof when closed, the perfect atmosphere can be created on the terrace beneath throughout the seasons. Additionally integrated side screens prevent both breezes and driving rain, whilst infra-red heaters keep the chill away and LED ambient lighting to the inside of the cross beams softly illuminates the terrace on darker afternoons and evenings.  Matt Gayler, General Manager at Ridgeview commented:  “We wanted to design and create an amazing space that blended in naturally with the environment surrounding it. Though alfresco lead design, we wanted to be able to operate 12 months of the year whilst always delivering an engaging customer experience. The Deluxe Outdoor Living Pod was selected because of its adaptability and design with the structures becoming an integral part of the scheme. Caribbean Blinds were efficient from design to on-site logistics and being a UK manufacturer gave us peace of mind.” From design to installation the project took just 12 weeks, with installation completed in less than 2 weeks, all ready for the official opening and first private event – a vineyard wedding! A dedicated project manager guaranteed a seamless process and full CAD drawings were provided for sign off and to ensure the perfect positioning of required services (wiring and drainage) along with other elements such as interaction with decking.  To find out more about how we can help you create unforgettable alfresco experiences 365 days a year please contact one of our knowledgeable and friendly team on 0344 800 1947, send us an email projects@cbsolarshading.co.uk or visit our website www.cbsolarshading.co.uk.
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The Avon Valley School in Warwickshire Install Dining Area Canopy

The Avon Valley School in Warwickshire Install Dining Area Canopy

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

To create the design, we utilised our Motiva Linear™ product range. This product, with its monopitch straight roof design, enables a versatile and flexible construction.
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The Chantry School in Worcestershire Add Large Dining Area Canopy

The Chantry School in Worcestershire Add Large Dining Area Canopy

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

Modern campus life at a secondary school like The Chantry School can be frenetic and busy. Many schools are finding that they are having to think outside of the traditional box in terms of easing the burden on the internal building resources.
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Wednesfield High Academy in the West Midlands Adds Dining Extension

Wednesfield High Academy in the West Midlands Adds Dining Extension

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

The glazed structure has proved to be amazingly useful at the University of Wolverhampton Wednesfield Academy. Break times are now not so crowded indoors or such a rush, as students and staff have more choice concerning where to eat and socialise.
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South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Gloucestershire Finds Ideal Dining Canopy

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Gloucestershire Finds Ideal Dining Canopy

A&S Landscape – School Canopy Manufacturer

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College think that the shade sail structure is an invaluable asset; the unique fabric canopy has brought something special to the area outside of their canteen and now everyone can enjoy eating and socialising outdoors in all weathers.
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DULUX TRADE SCUFFSHIELD CREATES FINE DINING MAKEOVER

DULUX TRADE SCUFFSHIELD CREATES FINE DINING MAKEOVER

Dulux Trade, brand of AkzoNobel

Transforming a run-down pub into a sleek, modern restaurant and bar was made all the easier with the latest Dulux Trade ScuffShield Matt. With its unique formulation and ultimate scuff resistant technology, it’s perfect for maintaining that crisp, just painted look for longer. Paul Schofield Managing director of PA Schofield Ltd explained: “New Dulux Trade ScuffShield Matt is a great product that really works. It has really good application and absolutely no flashing at all. The clients are over the moon with the finish and durability of the product, and so are we. We will use it again without question.” As director of PA Schofield Ltd, based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Paul was given complete responsibility for conceiving and implementing all design decisions. For his starting point, Paul paired statement wallpapers with contemporary floor finishes. He complimented the wallpaper through a colour scheme that combined colours such as Coyote Grey, Perfectly Taupe and Winter Avenue. Ceilings were painted in Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt, while Dulux Trade Satinwood was used on the trim and Dulux Trade ScuffShield Matt on the walls, along with Dulux Trade Diamond Matt in some areas. Dulux Trade ScuffShield Matt is an ultra-tough formulation, designed to cope with the scuffs and everyday wear and tear of busy commercial spaces. And he identified a number of benefits from using it on the project, explaining: “It flowed really well on rollers and brushes and left an excellent finish overall. “And there was no flashing or colour difference from roller to cutting in. “It’s really brilliant for touching in, too. We’d often have to redo entire walls as spots we’d touched in stood out like a sore thumb, but there was none of that with the new Dulux Trade ScuffShield Matt.” Paul was supported on the project by Lee Crossland, Leeds and Yorkshire Technical Support Manager for Dulux Decorator Centre 360. Lee said: “I’d heard PA Schofields was about to start work on the high-end restaurant conversion so got in contact with Paul to let him know about our new product that would be perfect for him. “I talked Paul through the benefits of Dulux Trade ScuffShield Matt and that the appearance of the finish would be an ideal fit for the design he was looking to achieve, while explaining how the improved durability would allow the restaurant to look better for longer. From start to finish the process took 18 months. And Paul has been checking in to see how the Dulux Trade ScuffShield Matt has been performing. He added: “The clients are very happy that the paint cleaned easily without removing the paint from the plaster substrate. For more information visit: https://www.duluxtradepaintexpert.co.uk/content/scuffshield
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Colne Primet Academy - Case Study

Colne Primet Academy - Case Study

Twinfix Limited

Twinfix recently installed a free-standing duo-pitch canopy at Colne Primet Academy in Colne, providing a new outdoor dining area for students and staff. The canopy, which spanned 9m in run length and 6.1m in projection, featured the Alu-Link-Panel solid aluminium roof, which offers exceptional durability and weather protection.The new outdoor dining area has been well-received by the school community, providing a comfortable and attractive space for students and staff to enjoy their meals. The canopy has also helped to reduce congestion in the indoor dining area.The Alu-Link-Panel roof provides a range of benefits, including excellent protection from rain and UV rays, ensuring that the outdoor dining area is usable in all weather conditions. The solid aluminium panels are also incredibly durable, making them resistant to damage and rust. This ensures that the canopy will require minimal maintenance over its lifetime, providing long-term cost savings for the school.In addition to its practical benefits, the new outdoor dining area has also provided a space for socialising and relaxation, enhancing the overall student experience at Colne Primet Academy. The attractive design of the canopy has added to the aesthetic appeal of the school, improving its overall appearance and creating a welcoming environment for visitors.Overall, the Twinfix free-standing duo-pitch canopy with the Alu-Link-Panel roof has been a valuable addition to Colne Primet Academy, providing a durable, attractive, and practical outdoor dining area for students and staff alike.
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Revitalising Heddon Street: A Burst of Colours and Nature with Custom Planters

Revitalising Heddon Street: A Burst of Colours and Nature with Custom Planters

Meristem Design Limited

In the heart of Regent Street lies a hidden gem - Heddon Street, a vibrant hub bustling with fantastic bars and restaurants. Our latest installation of colourful planters has breathed new life into this thriving area, illuminating it with a burst of vibrant hues and the refreshing touch of nature. In collaboration with Landscape Architects Macgregor Smith and funded by the Crown Estate, this project has revitalised Heddon Street, creating an enchanting and captivating atmosphere for all to enjoy.FABRICATION AND DELIVERY OF CUSTOM PLANTERS The planters were fabricated, painted and filled with soil in our workshop in Sevenoaks. To minimise disruptions to the busy area, the planters were delivered to the site using a Hiab, a method chosen specifically for its efficiency and convenience. This careful logistical planning ensured a smooth installation process and minimised any disturbances to the street's vibrant atmosphere.PLANTING SELECTION AND SEASONAL VARIATIONSThe selection of plants was carefully curated to complement the vibrancy of the planters and create a captivating display throughout the seasons. Bright and blooming flowers were chosen to enhance the visual appeal during the summer months, infusing the street with an array of colours that delight the senses. Additionally, grasses were selected to provide visual interest and texture during the autumn and winter seasons, ensuring that Heddon Street remains captivating and engaging all year round.CREATING ENCHANTING OUTDOOR DINING AREAS THROUGH 'GREEN BOOTHS'The primary aim of this project was to create inviting and comfortable outdoor dining areas for the fantastic bars and restaurants that populate Heddon Street. To achieve this, the planters were strategically placed to create enclosed "green booths" where visitors can dine amidst the beauty of nature. These intimate and charming spaces offer a unique and immersive dining experience that sets Heddon Street apart from traditional outdoor dining settings. By harmoniously blending nature and culinary delights, visitors can enjoy their meals in a charming and refreshing atmosphere.THE POWER OF BIOPHILIC DESIGN ENHANCING URBAN SPACES WITH NATUREBiophilic design, which aims to integrate nature into our built environments, has been a key element in the revitalisation of Heddon Street. By integrating nature into the heart of the city, the colourful planters become a beacon of biophilic design, providing numerous benefits for businesses, residents, and visitors alike.BIOPHILIC DESIGN BENEFITS FOR BUSINESSESHere are a few key advantages:Enhanced Well-being and Productivity: Research shows that exposure to nature and natural elements can have a positive impact on people's well-being and productivity. Incorporating biophilic design in business spaces can reduce stress, boost mood, and increase overall job satisfaction among employees. Happier and healthier employees tend to be more productive and engaged, leading to improved business outcomes.Increased Customer Attraction and Retention: Biophilic design creates a welcoming and visually appealing atmosphere that can attract customers and keep them coming back. When businesses incorporate natural elements such as plants, water features, or natural lighting, it creates a more comfortable and enjoyable environment for customers. This positive experience can result in increased customer satisfaction, loyalty, and ultimately, higher revenues.Environmental Sustainability and Responsibility: Embracing biophilic design demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability and responsibility. By incorporating natural elements and practices such as energy-efficient lighting, recycling, and sustainable materials, businesses can showcase their dedication to eco-consciousness. This can resonate with environmentally conscious consumers and stakeholders, enhancing the brand's reputation and attracting a broader customer base.Positive Brand Image and Differentiation: Businesses that adopt biophilic design can create a distinct and memorable brand image. By embracing the beauty and benefits of nature, companies can stand out in a crowded marketplace and differentiate themselves from competitors.
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Creating an acoustically balanced office of the future for 22 Bishopsgate workplace wellbeing 'mecca'.

Creating an acoustically balanced office of the future for 22 Bishopsgate workplace wellbeing 'mecca'.

Oscar Acoustics

Tallest tower in London’s financial district uses market-leading SonaSpray for acoustic perfection.As well as dominating the skyline of London’s financial district with its striking 23-sided glass façade, 22 Bishopsgate has not only rewritten the rules of what a modern office space should look like but also how it sounds. Having become a ‘mecca’ for workplace wellbeing, putting individuals and employees at the heart of its design, it was important that the spaces sounded as good as they looked. With acoustics playing a leading role in delivering overall comfort to a space, partnering interior design studios DesignLSM and The Morris Project turned to experts, Oscar Acoustics, to control sound levels within its buzzing food and dining area - ‘The Market’ for pitch-perfect ambience.  Known as the ‘foodie heart’ of 22 Bishopsgate, its selection of bustling food counters makes it a hub for workers looking to drink coffee, take lunch breaks and host meetings. However, being a lively, open hospitality space, the clink of cutlery and energetic conversation would mean that the café space was at risk of excessively high noise levels, which left unchecked would create an uncomfortable drinking and dining experience for guests.  Karen Taylor, DesignLSM’s lead designer, said: “Providing a healthy environment that would enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of those working in the building was a top priority when designing the 20,000sq ft space. The building itself includes triple-glazed windows to reduce outside noise, but it was important that the internal acoustics were just as well considered to compliment the sense of balance and harmony throughout.  “As a multi-purpose space, The Market area is a dynamic part of the building where the Bishopsgate community can unwind, dine and socialise. Whilst the area needed to have a spirited ‘buzz’ to it, there would also be guests that wanted to relax and recharge, and therefore considering the people and their needs was always at the forefront of our design strategy.” As The Market includes an array of hard surfaces such as tables and chairs in-line with its open dining aesthetic, a solution was needed to counteract noise reverberation and echo, which causes sound levels to climb. To remedy this, DesignLSM turned to Oscar Acoustics’ SonaSpray acoustic spray range. Once applied to ceilings or walls the seamless acoustic finish absorbs sound energy instead of reflecting it, enabling designers to create serene and inviting spaces. In this case, its SonaSpray fcx acoustic plaster finish was used to reduce overall noise for a more calming atmosphere. With strict building deadlines and restrictions to adhere to, SonaSpray was also chosen for its efficiency as it can be applied quickly with minimum disruption, allowing work to continue as promptly as possible.  Importantly, it was Oscar Acoustics’ third-party safety certifications that caught the eyes of designers. With such a large building to consider, fire safety had to be a number one priority. With fire credentials that go above and beyond Approved Document B fire requirements (Class 0 to BS476 & B-s1, d0 fire rating), the SonaSpray range produces little to no smoke and absolutely no droplets – which can assist in the safe escape of occupants should an event occur.  As the first building in the UK to apply for the WELL Building Standard, the premium acoustic spray was a perfect fit due its contributions towards many sustainable design and health certification systems including WELL, BREEAM, SKA, Living Building Challenge and adds up to 17 points towards the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating of a project. It also boasts GREENGUARD Gold certification which shows it has met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of VOCs into indoor air, aiding in the creation of healthier indoor environments. Ben Hancock managing director at Oscar Acoustics, said: “22 Bishopsgate has raised the bar in office design and it’s a real feather in our cap to be part of such a pioneering and monumental building.  “When we were approached about the project, we jumped at the chance. The design ethos of 22 Bishopsgate aligns closely with our own values – putting employee wellness and comfort above all else.  “It’s clear that our experience working on some of the UK's biggest office refurbishments has been put into action, encapsulating future thinking around work/life balance, to create a dining destination that offers maximum comfort without comprising on design. “We know from our own independent research that excessive levels of noise are a major deterrent for workers who want to embrace hybrid working – but this building proves that if it handled correctly, it’s possible to create a space where employees want to revisit time and time again.”Image credits to Tom Meredith Photography.
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Blossoms Restaurant - Rutland Hall Hotel

Blossoms Restaurant - Rutland Hall Hotel

Skopos Fabrics Limited

Rutland Hall Hotel is set in just under 70 acres, with majestic views across Rutland water. The central dining area, Blossoms Restaurant, alongside Blossoms Bar and Terrace serves refined international cuisine, making it one of the best places to eat in Rutland.Brief:The hotel owners instructed an extensive refurbishment of the hotel’s dining, public areas and bedrooms. The first part of the hotel to be relaunched was Blossoms Restaurant Bar & Terrace. Working with furniture suppliers, Contract Furniture Group and interior designers, Curveline Design, scheme boards were created incorporating Skopos fabrics for the upholstery, voiles and blinds to create an elegant and stylish area of the hotel, reflective of Rutland Hall’s stunning location.Outcome:Palmyra Oceanic, a bold statement print from The Silk Roads collection, was chosen for dining chairs and booth seating. Matt velvet Bonita upholstery fabric was also used for contrasting dining chairs. Plain bright colourways, Amarillo and Turquoise, were selected to co-ordinate perfectly with the tones included in the print.Roman blinds in the restaurant also used the same Palmyra print. The sunny south facing windows required each blind to be blackout lined. Mystic Monsoon voile from the Zephyr collection was installed at each window on a wave headed track to take advantage of the evening sun and reflect golden tones into the room.Lounge chairs in the private dining area were upholstered in Cadiz metallic herringbone velvet, from the La Feria collection. Assorted colours in Aquarius, Lava and Forest created a relaxed eclectic feel.Skopos specialist fitters completed the track, blind and voile curtain installation.
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Rutland Hall - Blossoms Restaurant and Exec Suites

Rutland Hall - Blossoms Restaurant and Exec Suites

Skopos Fabrics Limited

Rutland Hall Hotel is set in just under 70 acres, with majestic views across Rutland water. The central dining area, Blossoms Restaurant, alongside Blossoms Bar and Terrace serves refined international cuisine, making it one of the best places to eat in Rutland.Brief:The hotel owners instructed an extensive refurbishment of the hotel’s dining, public areas and bedrooms. The first part of the hotel to be relaunched was Blossoms Restaurant Bar & Terrace. Working with furniture suppliers, Contract Furniture Group and interior designers, Curveline Design, scheme boards were created incorporating Skopos fabrics for the upholstery, voiles and blinds to create an elegant and stylish area of the hotel, reflective of Rutland Hall’s stunning location.Outcome:Palmyra Oceanic, a bold statement print from The Silk Roads collection, was chosen for dining chairs and booth seating. Matt velvet Bonita upholstery fabric was also used for contrasting dining chairs. Plain bright colourways, Amarillo and Turquoise, were selected to co-ordinate perfectly with the tones included in the print.Roman blinds in the restaurant also used the same Palmyra print. The sunny south facing windows required each blind to be blackout lined. Mystic Monsoon voile from the Zephyr collection was installed at each window on a wave headed track to take advantage of the evening sun and reflect golden tones into the room.Lounge chairs in the private dining area were upholstered in Cadiz metallic herringbone velvet, from the La Feria collection. Assorted colours in Aquarius, Lava and Forest created a relaxed eclectic feel.Skopos specialist fitters completed the track, blind and voile curtain installation.Benefits of working with Skopos:· Full service offer—including make-up and installation.· Quality control throughout the project.· Skopos work with clients to provide a bespoke, unique design.· Skopos can supply fabric on the roll or offer our full service depending on the needs of the project.· All Skopos fabrics are designed for high traffic contract areas.· Full understanding of project needs.· Any project, large or small, will be given full attention.· Products all Flame Retardant - complying with contract standards.
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Glazing Vision rooflights were used in the re-construction of this mews house situated in the prime real estate and conservation area of Mayfair, London. The building is an exceptional example of stunning architecture and elegant, contemporary interiors. Whilst adding a majestic character to the mews itself with its dark brick façade and impactful balcony, the outer appearance belies the vast size of the residence internally. After the demolition of the former mews house and after 2 years of construction, which had even necessitated underpinning the neighbouring houses, this property now accommodates a basement with indoor pool, lower ground floor with cinema room, open plan living and dining space, 2 floors of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as additional terraced balconies.Keeping the interiors bright and airy throughout was key to the design concept – floor to ceiling windows and Flushglaze Walk On Rooflights from Glazing Vision were installed to maximise the daylight where it would have been otherwise compromised on the ground and second floors. In addition, a Glazing Vision 3 Wall Box Rooflight provides unimpeded access from an internal staircase to the impressive roof terrace, which is recessed down 1 1/2metres between 2 pitched roofs and which offers a vast outdoor space for entertaining, dining and relaxing.Two Flushglaze Walk On rooflights were specified by the architect to negate the risk of potential dark spots appearing in the dining zone and living area on the ground floor. Engineered by Glazing Vision to bespoke sizes and to meet the future projected foot traffic upon them, they were seamlessly integrated into the balconied terrace on the second floor, thus shedding light through to the bench seating in the kitchen and lounge.Their minimal internal framework was in keeping with the contemporary aesthetic of the interior, and both rooflights augment the quality and quantity of light entering this open plan area, even extending out towards the central stairwell and landing.Two further custom-sized Flushglaze Walk On Rooflights installed on the roof terrace add an intricate design detail but also create a wow factor. Perfect for flat roof terraces, these rooflights lie flush with the wooden decking. Again tested to allow for regular foot traffic and to bear the weight of terrace furniture, the rooflights offer complete safety and watertight integrity. On the second floor below, the two windowless bathrooms are flooded with the light coming through these rooflights – indeed such is the brightness of these rooms that privacy blinds have been installed for occasional use.Seeking to optimise the very large roof space that had been created (4m x 8m) the architect specified Glazing Vision’s 3 Wall Box Rooflight, which would offer easy access all year round to the roof terrace and also provide a contemporary glass feature. For the accommodation of the 3 wall mounted box rooflight a timber box frame had to be built which abutted the exposed brick wall behind.The property’s imposing central staircase provides access to the box rooflight, which in turn maximises the light falling down the stairwell to the bottom of the house. At a touch of a button from an access keypad, the sliding roof retracts to give a 50% clear opening with no “bowing of the head” necessary. The operation is quiet and safe, and the provision of a rain sensor ensures closure from inclement weather.

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