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Cellarium Café & Terrace

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The Cellarium Cafe & Terrace- HRH Prince Philip
Cellarium Café & Terrace was officially opened to the public in October 2012 by HRH Prince Philip

Founded in 1998 by Ben Warner and operated by Guy Kellner, Benugo is an award winning, multifaceted portfolio of catering models, comprising restaurants, high street café delis, public spaces, in-house catering and event production.

Benugo’s latest venture – Cellarium Café & Terrace – is a 120-cover café, providing delicious refreshments to visitors of Westminster Abbey.

Situated on Dean’s Yard, Cellarium Café & Terrace was officially opened to the public in October 2012 by HRH Prince Philip and boasts a fantastic selection of breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, cakes, light & main meals, and afternoon teas. The two-storey restaurant comprises two dining areas; the café – which is housed with the former 14th Century Cellarium – and the Terrace – newly created from a space previously occupied by the Misericode.

The Cellarium Cafe & Terrace- Westminster Abbey

Planning permission for the Cellarium Café & Terrace project was given in January 2011, with construction work getting underway in June 2012 and running until August 2012. Noble & Taylor were the main contractor on Cellarium Café & Terrace, whilst Panter Hudspith Architects was the lead designer on the project.

Panter Hudspith Architects are a London based practice, specialising in masterplanning, urban design, education, health, cultural, retail, commercial and business projects. In addition to the Cellarium Café & Terrace project, the practice has previously completed award-winning work on The Collection, Lincoln, the Oxford Castle Heritage project, and Bear Lane housing project.

The Cellarium Cafe & Terrace- Westminster Abbey

PHA Consult were the mechanical and electrical consultant on the Cellarium Café & Terrace project and Fluid Structures was the structural consultant. Leading UK furniture maker, Luke Hughes designed all of the cafés oak timber tables, chairs and benches at the Cellarium Café & Terrace.

Works on the site comprised a mix of approximately 500sq m of refurbishment and 250sq m of new build and included the reinstatement of original floor of the Cellarium; the creation of an additional room comprising a dining area, server and open-air terrace; and the installation of furniture, kitchen equipment and lighting.

Interior finishes at Cellarium Café & Terrace include natural stone flooring; European Oak timber; metal balustrades; and natural lime wash walls. Meanwhile, the exterior of the site includes a mix of timber and zinc panelling, as well as structural glazing. Features of Cellarium Café & Terrace include bespoke light columns and chandeliers, underfloor heating and bespoke oak furniture.

The Cellarium Cafe & Terrace- Westminster Abbey

Whilst work was taking place on Cellarium Café & Terrace, access to the site was restricted and archaeological excavations took place. The Chapter Offices located directly above the site were occupied during and after construction, so noise/vibration restrictions and statuary requirements had to be followed at all times. As the site is also a World Heritage Site and a Grade I Listed building, all work on the Cellarium Café & Terrace was conducted sensitively.

Cellarium Café & Terrace is open Monday to Saturday, for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. For more information about Cellarium Café & Terrace, please visit: www.cellariumcafe.com.

The Cellarium Cafe & Terrace- Westminster Abbey

Benugo

Benugo has many high-profile sites within its portfolio, including Bishopsgate Kitchen in Shoreditch; Serpentine Bar & Kitchen in Hyde Park; Ashmolean Dining Room in Oxford; and London Wall Bar & Kitchen at the Museum of London. This year, Benugo look forward to the reopening of The Court Restaurant at The British Museum as well as a new partnership with House of St Barnabas, not for profit private members’ club opening in the Autumn.

Benugo was founded by Ben Warner, an award winning restaurateur who set the group up after selling his first three Pret stores for £3 million. Since Benugo’s inception, Ben has achieved a number of awards including Restaurateur of the Year, a London Lifestyle Award and in 2012 a Catey for his contributions to the food industry.

The Cellarium Cafe & Terrace- Westminster Abbey

Benugo now has more than 50 sites across the UK, turning over approximately £75 million per year, with that amount tripling in size during the recent economic downturn. The group has recently seen expansion within its high street deli stores – Benugo Covent Garden, Benugo London Luton and Benugo Cannon Street – and its next opening is Benugo Hannover Square.

For more information about Benugo, please visit: www.benugo.com.

Anglia Formworks & Groundworks Ltd

Specialising in low vibration demolition, temporary support works and major groundworks within the construction industry, the team at Anglia Formworks & Groundworks Ltd has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry.

Anglia Formworks’ projects include heritage restoration in Dulwich London – one of the first concrete houses ever built – as well as The Cellarium.

Working on The Cellarium, Anglia Formworks removed all the concrete floors and roofs by diamond drilling and hydraulic bursting; formed concrete air and heating ducts, retaining walls and staircases; and conducted temporary support works to the rear of the building supporting 150 tonnes, before removing all load bearing walls.

The Cellarium Cafe & Terrace- Westminster Abbey

Commenting on the project, Anglia Formworks Project Manager, Lee Cowlin, said:

“The Cellarium was a very important and prestigious project for us. The Cellarium was technically demanding but working as part of a wider team we were able to overcome the specific challenges of archaeology and working in a tight physical environment without interrupting the working life of Abbey community.”

Lee added:

“We were very grateful for the forbearance of the Abbey staff and residents in helping us to speed up our works through out of hours working. We are always 100% committed to all of our work and meeting our clients’ expectations and targets is something we take very seriously.”

Glass UK Ltd

For more than 15 years, Glass UK Ltd has designed, manufactured and installed structural glass for use across a range of sectors. The company predominately provides services to high-end residential projects, however past high-profile projects for the hospitality and leisure industries have included Royal Festival Hall, Apex Hotel and BMW on Park Lane.

Working on the Cellarium Café & Terrace, Glass UK Ltd designed, manufactured and installed three walk-on glass floors, three external double glazed windows, three internal single glazed windows and a single piece of glazing which runs through the centre of the site.

Commenting on their association with the project, Glass UK Ltd Sales Director, Warren Evans, said:

“We were introduced to Cellarium Café & Terrace via structural engineers Fluid Structures, who we have worked with on a number of projects in the past.”

Warren added:

“At Glass UK Ltd we are a cutting edge company with the largest laminating oven in the UK. This was specially designed to accommodate large panels, making us capable of tackling big scale projects and we pride ourselves on our quality service.”

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