A change at Searcys
Situated in London, One New Change is a high end shopping centre boasting luxury brands and boutiques. The former champagne bar located inside, and managed by Searcys, has recently undergone a refreshment scheme to the interior to produce a brand new look and offering.
In existence since 2010, Searcys One New Change was in need of modification and modernisation, with the new venue now featuring a more masculine palette and a tempting new menu that focuses around delicious meatballs, appealing to a wider audience.
Responsible for the design transformation was Tonik Associates, who hold a long standing professional relationship with Searcys. Tonik Associates is a London based creative multi-disciplinary design practice that has gathered a talented team of designers who deliver imaginative interior solutions for hotels, retail space, restaurants and workplaces.
Chris Harding, Managing Director at Tonik Associates said:
“We have a long-term relationship with Searcys and they asked us to look at One New Change as a part of their new direction to the offer.
“The champagne bar was conceived as a destination for customers to relax and indulge with a bottle of champagne. However it seemed as if because the bar was known as a champagne bar, the clientele was almost limited; so Searcys looked to extend the range of customers.
“The original design was very feminine and focused on a soft, luxurious environment. We were asked as part of some work that Searcys initiated, to give a new feel to the space. Searcys have developed a great food concept based on Italian meatballs and we were asked to incorporate that into the design which is a little more urban – it is still fairly city high end, because that is their natural demographic – but the desire was to make it feel a bit more funky.”
Presenting an antique-looking timber floor, feature bar and stylish ceramic tiles, Searcys delivers a contemporary style with an urban twist. To create something totally different from the former venue, elements have been changed and added such as ceramic wall finishes, the integration of a blackboard menu board, a change in lighting and a new counter that accommodates the innovative meatball offer.
“It has made such a huge difference to the appearance of the bar. The interiors have gone from pinks and oranges and polished plaster, to a more of a masculine design with turquoise and copper, to appeal to a wider audience.
“We began our work with drawings, followed by the approval processes with the shopping centre and going to get prices etc. In essence, the developments took place over three weeks whilst onsite, so it was a quick turnaround. We had to ensure this, as every day Searcys weren’t trading, they were not taking money.”
Located on the first floor of the shopping centre, Searcys One New Change is ideal for corporate, social and private parties, accommodating for up to 120 covers. Available for any occasion Monday to Sunday from 8am to midnight (with a 2am late license available), the venue is fast becoming the most sought after location for exclusive hire in the City.
An impressive list of champagne is available for, in addition to wine, cocktails, spirits, beer and soft drinks. Irresistible canapés, platters and nibbles are also available to accompany the delightful drinks on offer.
“The budget was probably the most challenging part of the scheme – we wanted to bring a complete new feel to the space, and this had to be done by altering all of the existing elements which of course, costs money. So it was about trying to figure out what the best plan of action was.
“It’s great to be involved in this project, it has been very enjoyable. It’s also great to have an ongoing long-term working relationship with a client that we enjoy working with and build on the professional relationships we value.”
Catering Equipment Solutions (Peterborough) Ltd
Catering Equipment Solutions (Peterborough) Ltd specialise in delivering a complete catering equipment solution for projects. The company offers services from consultation, design, installation, completion, to service and maintenance contracts and extended warranty for commercial catering equipment.
Having been in operation in the catering industry for over 15 years, Catering Equipment Solutions supplies, delivers and installs commercial catering equipment and bespoke items including flooring, walls, extraction and ventilation, fabrication and any additional items required. The company can also supply and install single items of catering equipment.
Catering Equipment Solutions have worked with various clients, across a number of sectors including hospitality, hotels, care, local authority, schools and leisure; delivering commercial kitchens, ware washing facilities and systems, serveries, bars and catering academy facilities. The company also works with architects and M&E consultant companies.
Premier Hospitality spoke to Caye Wan, Marketing Manager at Catering Equipment Solutions, to discover more information on the company and its involvements with Searcys One New Change. Caye commented:
“Catering Equipment Solutions designed and installed the commercial kitchen. The design incorporated new and existing equipment which included the supply and install of three bespoke fabrication units, a regeneration oven, ceramic induction griddle, stainless steels chillers and a freezer. Searcys One New Change is located in a busy shopping centre, and the majority of the works were managed out of hours as access, loading, potential noise, dust and hygiene was a health and safety risk for the project.
“Catering Equipment Solution’s Project Manager worked closely with the client to make sure all deliveries were booked in with the shopping centre, co-ordinating the supply and installation of the project. Overall, supply and installation was complete within three days.
“We offer a professional service to our clients. This project was important for us as we were able to effectively demonstrate our coordination of the project with all the key personnel, delivering an excellent service to Searcys One New Change.
“As a company we pride ourselves in providing an efficient and effective service to our clients. We operate with an honesty approach in mind, offering our expertise, experience and knowledge, overall delivering excellent customer service to our clients.”