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Mason & Taylor
CLIENT: Duke OF Wellington N1
LOCATION: Shoreditch, London
AREA: 185 sqm
VALUE: 75,000.00
PROCUREMENT: Construction Management

The brief set was to renovate an established (and chaotic) Mexican party bar in a challenging building into a refined modern(ist) take on the pub, selling a wide range of craft ales and a modern/classic English menu.

We faced a number of design challenges;

Time - 8 weeks from site occupation to completion which ran concurrent with design process.

Budget - 75,000 inclusive of design fees for all works, including beer cellar, furniture, two bars and stripping out 400sqm (185/sqm in 8weeks).

Existing building - An anonymous contemporary residential block, but with a generous glazed frontage to a busy East London thoroughfare.

Style - Contemporary, but without losing reference to classic English fare.

The cast concrete Ground floor bar references lost East End boozers - a contemporary relic. The highly glossed recycled formwork from the concrete are used to create the Basement bar. We used 'Traditional ' English fittings elevated from Surbiton to chi-chi: anaglypta wallpaper, tweed upholstery, sideboards and 50's cut-glass lights linked with bright flashes of cable fan vault the GF bar.

The utilitarian efficiency of British road signs forms a branding suite linking through the Shop window manifestation to beer menus that sit on the restored furniture.

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