The building is located in the St James’s Conservation area on a very tight, sensitive urban site with no rear access. This meant that site logistics and deliveries were planned in minute detail and tightly controlled throughout the works. Continual communication with neighbouring residents and businesses were essential both prior to beginning work on site and throughout the construction period.
Climatic control of the shop was very important to maintain stock in the best condition. The general shop is conditioned to maintain a constant 16°c, whilst the fine wine reserve room, segregated by bronzed metal framed doors and a screen, is able to maintain a temperature of 12°c.
The completed project saw extensive use of materials and craftsmanship connected to wine making. This included 500mm wide blasted and oak stained Dinesen flooring and custom made oak wall and floor display units, all stained to replicate the oak flooring and panelling in the original St James’ shop. The ceiling features 100 year old reclaimed French wine barrels, whilst a stone-finished tasting area sits alongside three state of the art Enomatic wine serving machines.
The Client is very pleased with the outcome in terms of driving a wider customer base and sales. The project won a Society of British and International Interior Design (SBID) award for retail design.