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Mackenzie Wheeler, Casual Dining Design Awards 2014

Established in 1986, Mackenzie Wheeler is a leading architect and design practice operating form London premises.

Over the past 28 years Mackenzie Wheeler has worked on an array of interesting projects, from hotels and spas, through to pubs, bars, retail units and restaurants.

At the recent Casual Dining Design Awards, Mackenzie Wheeler was nominated for three awards, with one nomination in the Best Designed Independent Restaurant 2014 category and two on the Best Designed Casual Dining Pub 2014 shortlist. The sites nominated included, Hall & Woodhouse Portishead; The Club Room at Frederick’s Restaurant; and The White Hart in Somerton.

Mackenzie Wheeler, Casual Dining Design Awards 2014

Speaking to Premier Hospitality about the recent nominations, Rupert Wheeler, Mackenzie Wheeler, said:

“Although we did not win an award on this occasion, Hall & Woodhouse Portishead was commended in its category of Best Designed Casual Dining Pub 2014. It is always great to know that people are noticing what we are doing and that our clients like what we have done. Hall & Woodhouse Portishead has won a couple of other awards recently and that’s always good to see.

“We always get instant feedback from clients, but to get feedback from the industry is very important, so awards like this are worthwhile.”

Hall & Woodhouse Portishead is located opposite the Bristol Channel and is constructed from 28 recycled shipping containers. The theme is emphasised in the cargo-like signage and other graphics designed for external walls and used within the rooms and corridors.

Mackenzie Wheeler, Casual Dining Design Awards 2014

The pub-restaurant covers a gross floor area of 2,400 sq metres and is characterised by glazed open spaces with a strong horizontal emphasis. This aspect of the site’s unique design contrasts with the more solid and enclosed areas of the pub-restaurant – including its back of house areas – to create a tight building composition.

The Club Room is an intimate function room located within Fredrick’s Restaurant, a family-run restaurant which has been serving delicious dishes in Angel, London since 1969. The Club Room is a recent addition to the restaurant and provides the perfect space for events, parties and gatherings.

Rupert said:

“We’ve been working with Fredricks for around 20 years, keeping the restaurant refreshed. We carved out a space for a new club room which is used for a variety of functions and is also an integrated extension to the restaurant and bar.

“The Club Room is pretty distinctive and includes a collection of rock photographs which are hung on leather-lined walls. The rest of the room is sleek, modern and has a great outlook onto a secluded garden.”

Mackenzie Wheeler, Casual Dining Design Awards 2014

Located in Somerton, The White Hart is a 16th Century public house, presenting a fine selection of beverages and serving food from breakfast through to dinner. In 2013, The White Hart underwent a complete renovation which saw the bar, kitchen and dining area completely transformed.

Rupert said:

“Although The White Hart is still a pub, it has quite an extensive dining area with an open wood fired pizza oven and eight bedrooms above, making it very much like a traditional coaching inn.

Mackenzie Wheeler, Casual Dining Design Awards 2014

“The restoration was carefully considered, with classic elements like the stone floors and plaster ceilings, intertwined with modern elements, such as the furniture.”

For more information about Mackenzie Wheeler, please visit: www.mackenziewheeler.co.uk.

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