Bloomsbury Theatre Cafe

Paul Murphy Architects, London, 2012

 

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Refurbishment of an existing cafe

The Bloomsbury Theatre Cafe is located within the 'Central Collegiate Building' on Gordon Street, Bloomsbury, which houses three separate tenants - The Bloomsbury Theatre, the UCL Union and the Cafe itself.

The space occupied by the cafe is housed within a former gallery space running effectively the full width of the building frontage to Gordon Street, but measuring only 3 metres in depth. The space suffered from overheating due to solar gain, poor acoustics, poor seating and a poorly designed servery.

The original ribbed concrete soffite of the gallery was revealed through the removal of a suspended ceiling and new multi-coloured acoustic panels were installed.

Existing plasterboard lining to the back of theatre wall was also removed to reveal the original purple engineering brickwork at low level, with new lacquered and routed acoustic panels mounted at high level.

New purpose designed benches and servery are supplemented by new furniture and 'Lingotto' uplighters to transform the space into what is proving to be an incredibly popular venue for both staff and students.

Data

  • Begun: Jul 2012
  • Completed: Oct 2012
  • Floor area: 130m2
  • Sector: Retail
  • Total cost: £200,000
  • Tender date: Jul 2012
  • Procurement: GC Works 1:Part 1 Without Quantities (1998)
  • Address: 15 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AH, United Kingdom

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