WAGAMAMA, ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL | LONDON, UK | 2016
Wagamama’s flagship site, at the world-famous Royal Festival Hall on the banks of the Thames, was the key component of its nationwide refurbishment.
This project provided an insight into the unique challenges of working with a Grade I listed building. From a multi-layered approval process involving the client, Southwark Borough Council and National Rail to the delicate balance of contemporary design principles, heritage architecture restrictions and commercial viability.
The entire site required a new layout - including a new bar and extended kitchen line – alongside a complex extension incorporating the adjacent lot. The Hall’s imposing shuttered concrete columns were deliberately incorporated into the design, removing plasterboard ceilings to expose the original concrete above. This contributed to the industrial aesthetic that united the new design concept with the original building.
Originally brought on to implement this concept into existing sites, the success of core projects like the Royal Festival Hall led to further contracts for Wagamama’s new builds.