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Willian UK: Dishing up dining projects

As a rapidly expanding commercial building company, Willian UK has built its reputation on dedication, reliability and honesty.

Willian UK Profile- Viva Brazil Cardiff

As a rapidly expanding commercial building company, Willian UK has built its reputation on dedication, reliability and honesty.

The company employs a team of highly experienced industry professionals – including a dedicated project management team – who complete each project within realistic timeframes and budgets.

With more than 35 years of experience in the industry, Willian UK specialises in a wide range of projects, from new builds and modular builds, to efficient, high quality refit schemes. The high standard of each project is reflected in the amount of repeat business that Willian UK undertakes and the company continues to explore the latest techniques to improve the service it provides.

Amongst its vast portfolio of projects, which includes The Academy in Manchester and a new pavilion for Shrewsbury Town Football Club, Willian UK has completed works on Viva Brazil Cardiff, The Black Swan in Cheshire and Malai restaurant, Manchester.


The Black Swan Cheshire

Willian UK Profile-The Black Swan Cheshire

Located in Lower Withington, in the Cheshire countryside, The Black Swan is an historic pub with plenty of character. The Black Swan serves classic dishes, including beer battered fish and chips, cottage pie and chargrilled sirloin steak, alongside four cask beers and a varied selection of wines.

Willian UK Profile-The Black Swan Cheshire

As part of an extensive refurbishment scheme, the site underwent an important makeover with Willian UK on board as the main contractor. Work included the refurbishment of timber beams and flagstone floors, along with the installation of a new Jamie Oliver pizza oven.

Willian UK Profile-The Black Swan Cheshire

The refurbishment scheme was scheduled to take place in just seven weeks, and despite the short time frame all of the work was completed on time.

Willian UK was appointed on The Black Swan refurbishment scheme, following the successful completion of the Swan Hotel refurbishment project, a four-star hotel owned by Sharon Bardsley, owner of The Black Swan.

Willian UK Profile-The Black Swan Cheshire

Discussing the refurbishment scheme, Sharon Bardsley commented:

“Living locally I felt it would be so nice to have a proper local that was part of the community and did really good food and cask ales. We put everything into it that I wanted out of a local and what I felt that the whole community would appreciate.”

Malai Manchester

Willian UK Profile- Malai Manchester

Situated on Wilmslow Road, Rusholme – within Manchester’s famous Curry Mile – Malai Manchester is a brand new restaurant offering guests a sophisticated Indian dining experience. Willian UK was the main contractor on the £1 million project which was implemented by North West restaurateur Jaf Siddiqi.

Split across two floors, the 120-seat restaurant opened in November 2012 and includes open kitchens, table-side tandoor ovens, and a private dining on the second floor. The restaurant showcases a vibrant colour scheme, which makes use of authentic Indian artefacts, whilst additional features include valet parking and complimentary rickshaw rides into Manchester City Centre.

Discussing the overall design scheme for Malai Manchester, Malai Owner, Jaf Siddiqi, said:

“The expectations of Indian food in the UK have increased dramatically, with a good percentage of people now understanding exactly what good Indian food is.

“It was important for me to strike the right balance of Malai’s Indian heritage and a premium fine-dining atmosphere within the overall design. We meticulously planned to reflect this as well as possible.”

Viva Brazil Cardiff

Willian UK Profile- Viva Brazil Cardiff

Viva Brazil is a Brazilian-themed restaurant which launched in 2010 in Liverpool. Willian UK was involved with the first site and has continued with the brand as it helped develop its second site in Glasgow and its third in Cardiff.

Discussing the opening of the Cardiff site, Viva Brazil Managing Director, Andy Aldrich, commented:

“Expanding into Wales with the opening of the Cardiff restaurant is a key milestone for us. After the success in Liverpool and Glasgow, Cardiff is an ideal next step.”

Willian UK Profile- Viva Brazil Cardiff

The opening of Viva Brazil Cardiff was made possible after Viva Brazil secured a £375,000 funding deal from Santander Corporate Banking, which was backed by the Government’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee.

Viva Brazil Cardiff serves over fifteen different cuts of beef, chicken, lamb and pork, all slow roasted and served by Viva Brazil’s team of Passadors. All of the dishes are served alongside a wide selection of Brazilian salads and vegetables and can be accompanied by a bottle of wine from a selection of over 100.

Willian UK Profile- Viva Brazil Cardiff

For more information about Willian UK please visit: www.willianuk.com.

 Tony Ferry & Sons

Family-run company Tony Ferry & Sons, specialise in the design and installation of bespoke stone, marble and granite works for use in the leisure and hospitality sectors. Based in Liverpool, the company provide a range of works – predominately for the hotel and bar industries – from the installation of kitchen work tops, bars and table tops, to vanity units, marble bathrooms and external cladding.

Tony Ferry & Sons has previously completed work for national hotel chains, such as Holiday Inn Express, as well as a string of Liverpool bars and restaurants, such as The Peacock, Heebie Jeebies and Caeser’s Palace.

Working with Willian UK, Tony Ferry & Sons has completed work on Viva Brazil’s in Cardiff, Liverpool and Glasgow and the Black Swan in Cheshire. Tony Ferry & Sons first became involved with Viva Brazil whilst working on the Liverpool site – completing stone works on the bar, wash rooms, coffee bar and the emergency exit – before moving on to provide granite work surfaces in the Cardiff and Glasgow sites. Working on the Black Swan, Tony Ferry & Sons was responsible for stone works around the bar.

Tony Ferry & Sons Company Partner, Michael Ferry, said:

“My father has been in the industry for over 50 years and within that time we have worked together as a three-way partnership with my brother for the last 20 years. We’ve been working with Willian UK for the last three years and each of the projects that we have worked on has run smoothly.

“At Tony Ferry & Sons we always build great relationships with our clients, we are reliable and we always produce top quality work.”

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