Coya is a district in the province of Calca in Peru, giving an indication of the theme behind this new restaurant in London’s Mayfair.
The team behind this new concept includes Arjun Waney, the restaurateur behind Zuma, La Petite Maison and The Arts Club and Sanjay Dwivedi as Head Chef. Having previously graced the kitchens of Zaika, Le Caprice and The Ivy, Sanjay will be creating his menu with the knowledge and skills picked up in Lima, the largest city in Peru.
The menu at Coya is inspired by traditional elements of Peruvian cuisine in order to create a modern menu for a vibrant London restaurant. Coya is also London’s first Peruvian restaurant to include a private members bar.
As well as a traditional pisco bar, Coya has an interesting and luxurious interior with Incan colours, murals and modern metallic finishes. The main contractor on Coya was Crane Interiors and the Interior Designer was Sagrada.
Work on Coya began in May 2012 and was completed in November 2012, with the restaurant now open to the public.
The restaurant is built on two levels, with a member’s lounge bar on the ground floor. A bespoke staircase leads down to the basement area containing the main restaurant and bar.
The main restaurant is then divided up into various spaces including the Ceviche area and the Robata area, which includes a charcoal grill. There is also a large bar within the space.
The site chosen for Coya required new floors, electrics and plumbing before the fit out could be started.
Bob Tracey from Crane Interiors said:
“There were quite a lot of structural alterations required to enlarge the space and make a much more modern, open restaurant. It was originally two quite small, old buildings.
“There was quite a massive amount of structural enabling works required to open up the space including entirely new mechanical and electrical services.
“New gas and electric mains were brought into the building – basically there needed to be a complete refit from the basic structure up to its current state. There is a lot of joinery and specialist finishes.”
The bar includes a number of custom made design features in order to bring the feel and look of Peru to London.
“There is bespoke metal work, brass wall panelling, specialist brass finishes to the bar front, marble, granite and pretty bespoke timber flooring throughout the basement space. The wall decorations are all bespoke and include specialist finishes including a lot of wrought iron work.
“The only difficulty with there being so many specialist finishes was that this made procurement quite important, trying to bring everything together was tricky.
Many of the design elements used by Interior Designers Sagrada came directly from Peru.
Richard Saunders was the Lead Interior Designer on the project with team member, Francoise Thompson. He said:
“We wanted to bring some of the colour and texture that we saw in Peru to the restaurant design. We accompanied the client on a research trip to South America, which was very inspirational. There we sourced many pieces of furniture, art and pottery during our visit and have used them to accessorise the interior spaces.”
Richard told Premier Hospitality about the design, which incorporated many individual design features.
“A lot of detailing went into this fast paced project. All the furniture was commissioned for Coya using sumptuous fabrics and leathers. The banquettes are deep buttoned with antiqued leather that is intended to patinate further over time. The wrought iron metal work was inspired by balconies that we saw in Lima. The feature lights were hand finished with gold glaze linking them to the brass finishes that run through the scheme. The walls are hand finished by specialists with the inclusion of gold and silver leaf to add warmth and a touch of glamour.
“The embossed entrance lobby panels were specially prepared and finished for the project. They were made to the same scale as the original grand entrance to the building.
“The lighting in this project was a key element. The night setting needed to be very atmospheric with candle light throughout the space. The lighting arrangement emphasises the metallic finishes and creates dramatic shadows through the metal work. The concealed LEDs were used to highlight key surfaces.
“Although we were working on an ethnic aesthetic for the environment, we maintained a degree of respect for the original features of the interior. This is particularly evident in the members’ bar on the ground floor where the conceptual approach was that of faded grandeur.
“As one goes down the main stairs, the look changes as you enter the main bar and restaurant. We used materials such as timber, terracotta, brass and metalwork as well as silver leaf on the walls in a distressed finish. The idea was to create warmth and as much light as possible. The natural palette is punctuated with splashes of bright ethnic colours, including the furniture. Cushions were made up from local material sourced in Peru. A new large skylight was created to bring added natural daylight to the rear within the robata and ceviche bar areas.”
“It has been a very exciting project for Sagrada to be involved in. Coya is a destination restaurant for Peruvian Food. I think this will open Peruvian cuisine up to a wider market.”
Bob Tracey from Crane Interiors added:
“This was a new client for us but it is definitely a prestigious project, a high value project with a lot of bespoke finishes. Hopefully it will do very well; we are pleased to be associated with it. It was very different from other projects we have worked on.”
CCE Group Ltd
Coya is the latest restaurant to the get star treatment from CCE, the top commercial kitchen company whose prestigious clients boast no fewer than 35 Michelin stars between them.
“We do a lot of work for Michelin star chefs and 4* and 5* hotels” says Martin Harvey, Contracts Manager at CCE, “so Coya was a great project for us to work on baring in mind our skill sets and experience in creating a smooth interface for complex projects such as this.”
“We were the commercial kitchen manufacturer on the project. The head Chef, Sanjay Dwivedi, brought us on board after designing the shell of the kitchen himself with Trevor Jones of Green Design, and because of the nature of the site pretty much everything had to be custom made in our factory.”
“Sanjay knew the equipment and wanted particular products in there – we brought everything together, project managed the whole operation with the different suppliers and made sure all the different elements fitted into what is a very successful result.”
Sanjay adds: “CCE Group Ltd were very efficient in all aspects of what they did. They were very flexible, finished ahead of schedule and everything was done in a very professional manner.”
CCE (Contract Catering Equipment) started life in 1987 when Ray Costelloe began a business with just enough money to cover the first month’s rent. Now, 25 years later, the company has two fully operational factories, a design studio and employs more than 45 people.
Ray Costelloe is very much known as a professional’s professional and has almost become a celebrity in his own right: his company services and supplies the kitchens of the UKs leading hotels and restaurants, such as Le Caprice, The Ivy, Scotts, Daphnes and the Rivington Bar and Grill.
Bampton Design Ltd
Bampton specialises in manufacturing bespoke design-led furniture for the restaurant, hotel, cruise and golf industries. Over 25 years Bampton have evolved a range of furniture which continues to expand.
The company was formed by Tim Keen and Suzi Fitt in Bampton Oxfordshire, the second home of Downton Abbey. The company has purpose built offices, showroom and workshops in Witney.
TIm Keen from Bampton Design said:
“We are hugely customer friendly and encourage new ideas, designs and the use of many diverse and special timbers. Over 25 years a unique team of wonderful, talented people with a mind set to create the best British product has been formed”
“We have worked on an extremely wide range of projects in the UK and throughout the world. Works include The Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, The Groucho Club and The Waterside at Bray.
“As we have an exclusive neverending range of furniture we have catered for a Premier League Football Team owner, a few princes, cooking celebrities and their restaurants and even our local tavern!”
On Coya, Bampton translated ideas and designs from the Interior Designers at Segrada, Richard Saunders, Francois Thompson and David D’Almada.
“Our involvement with this fabulous project started in the summer working alongside Segrada
“Being able to be the main furniture supplier to Segrada and Coya has allowed us to work with some of the best designers who, in creating new ideas, allow us to make exclusive pieces. For us Coya epitomises an excellent design led project in an original restaurant.
“Bampton prides itself in being able to create original and unique furniture. We take time to understand what our client really wants and their heart desires. We also understand the importance of deadlines- the client is king.”
Nicholas Ford ltd
Nicholas Ford Ltd have been creating decorative interior finishes in London for 25 years.
The retail and hospitality sector throw up particular challenges in site conditions and with time constraints that the company have become adept at handling.
The newly opened Victoria’s Secret in Bond Street and the complete refurbishment of The Arts Club in Dover Street have both, along with many other establishments this year, received extensive decorative paint and fabric treatment by Nicholas Ford Ltd to high acclaim.
Nick Ford, director of the company, has worked closely with Richard and Francoise of Segrada to develop the paint and metallic finishes that are most successful in creating the atmospheric ambience at Coya.
“A creative interpretation of the designers’ brief, along with value for money, was most important for the Coya team.”
Summit Design Ltd
Established in 1993, Summit Design Ltd is now one of the South of England’s leading design and build mechanical and electrical contractors, specialising in air conditioning, ventilation and plumbing.
Dave Veysey from Summit Design Ltd said:
“Nestled between the world famous Hard Rock Café and Atheneum Hotel, Coya is an eclectic mix of South American and Peruvian design. The HVAC services have been designed with this theme in mind consisting of a state of the art Toshiba Heat Reclaim VRF system installed generally with exposed ductwork and circular diffusers.
“The kitchen extract odour control system was immensely important in getting planning for a restaurant in this part of London, especially with the intense wood-fired cooking that is essential to the Peruvian cuisine.
“Summit is proud to have carried out the design and installation of the HVAC installation, this being the latest in a long line of successful operations. We wish the owners and staff all the best in the new venture.”
Delta Contracts Ltd
Delta Display, was founded in 1986, mainly supplying clubs, pubs and bars with all types of associated metalwork including footrails and handrails. From that early success, Delta Display progressed to become Delta Contracts Ltd working directly with clients and main contractors alike.
With the need to move forward Delta have been able to offer all types of metalwork using the latest technologies.
Recently Delta has worked with designers Sagrada and main contractor Crane Interiors to successfully deliver Coya Restaurant with all types of metalwork in various finishes.
The restaurant was supplied with bespoke stair balustrades, gates and screens. Delta also supplied the brass for the walls and backfittings.
Director of Delta Contracts ltd, Chris Wood said:
“We pride ourselves on working closely with designers who push the boundaries. Our job is to work with the main contractor and to achieve the ultimate design solution.”
Northwall Dover Ltd
Northwall Dover Ltd is an upholstery company which does re-upholstery work and also manufactures new seating. They have previously worked on The Arts Club in London, The Queen Mary cruise ship and the Thompson cruise ship, Thompson Celebration.
Director Ian Donald said:
“On Coya the designer came up with a design for the fixed banquette seating he wanted putting in the restaurant- we then took that design and manufactured the seating to his specification.The banquette seating had a curved back so it was quite a challenge and we used quite a specialist leather which was tricky to work with but gave quite a good effect when it was done.
“Also the designer went to Peru and brought a lot of furniture back, we refurbished the furniture and reupholstered it, again to the designer’s specification. One of our fortes is that we take a designers concept for seating and we turn it into a finished product. They come up with an artist’s impression of what it will look like and we will then go to site, measure and manufacture the seating to their specification.”
“We pride ourselves in being able to turn a concept into reality. There are two aspects to the job which are quite pleasing- one is when you are doing a refurbishment job you go in and the area looks tatty, you take the furniture away, you re-cover it and it transforms the space. The other aspect that is quite pleasing is taking somebody’s ideas and turning them into reality.”
Cotton Thompson Cole Ltd
Established in 1992, Cotton Thompson Cole Ltd specialise in Project Management and Cost Management in the food service sector.
They have previously worked on restaurants including PizzaExpress, Strada, Ping Pong, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Wagamama, Roka, Vapiano, Cabana, Hush!, Paul, Gaucho, CAU, Iberica, Obika, Busaba and Naamyaa.
On Coya, Cotton Thompson Cole was the Lead Project Manager and Cost Manager.
Andrew Bridge from Cotton Thompson Cole Ltd said:
“Coya is an extremely high profile, top end dining experience with quality finishes, materials and design. It has been a pleasure to be a major player in ensuring the delivery of what was a challenging project.
“The group within which Coya sits is an existing client of ours and it is always a pleasure to be working with clients who appreciate the value we seek to bring to each project.
“We pride ourselves in the personal involvement of our company’s owners in each project, coupled with an ability to bring value to our client’s projects through sound advice drawn from 19 years experience in the sector.”
Operating since 2000, CJ Morrison Ltd is a suspended ceiling and dry-lining contractor designing and installing bespoke ceilings and rafts for restaurants, shops and offices.
CJ Morrison has previously carried out work for Wagamama, Aspinal’s Casinos, Yo Sushi, Byrons, Starbucks & many other big name high street brands.
Most recently the company has installed all acoustic ceilings & bulkheads to fulfil the client’s sound requirements. The stud partitioning & plastering was also catered for within their package for Coya Restaurant.
When asked what CJ Morrison prides itself on, Company Director, Carl Morrison, said:
“At CJ Morrison we are proud of the great service & value for money that we are offer.
“We are always looking for new business within the retail sector of the construction industry & are never put off by a challenging design or installation. In fact we openly welcome challenging specifications & design requirements & consider lighting troughs & coffers to be one of our many attributes”
Rainleaf Ltd are a flooring company and have been in business for 15 years. The company focuses on being able to produce specific project wood flooring- they are able to design, supply and install extremely long and wide plank floors, bespoke custom-made parquet and genuine reclaimed plank and parquet.
Rainleaf Ltd has worked on a diverse range of projects including The Grand Hotel in Stockholm, The Waldorf in London, Montbijou Hotel in Berlin, The Arts Club, Royal Society of Arts, Allsaints Church in Dulwich, St Michael’s in Woodford, several individual residences on the Wentworth Estate and numerous London homes.
Martin Corton from Rainleaf said:
“The design team from Coya came to Rainleaf with an idea for a panel floor. We developed the panel over a number of colour samples, oak grades and structure. We manufactured the panel and installed it.
“This was an important project because of the amount of direct involvement in developing the concept of the panel. It was also important because it’s a very prestigious restaurant.
“The most important thing to all of us at Rainleaf and our manufacturing partners is the end client. We strive for every job to be perfect, but our clients also need to feel that, whatever life they lead, they can enjoy our floor and we will be there to solve any issue at any time.”