Premier Hospitality

The Works

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The Works

The Works in Chelmsford has opened its doors and is serving ice cream, waffles, savoury food and cocktails to diners. Located at 5 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, The Works is open until 10:30am on weekdays and 11pm at the weekend.

The Works is an eat-in or takeaway fast casual urban style restaurant. Whether you want to sit and relax or take a delicious treat away with you, The Works is the place to meet, eat and treat. Guests are taken into the seating areas served with a friendly and unique table service style where you are made to feel at home.

The restaurant is run by manager Mark Percival who commented: “Everything from the décor; to the brand’s personality and the way they have put it all together is infectious. The Works’ entire ethos is centred around family, directly and indirectly. You feel as if you are part of a huge extended family, which is what I think is important nowadays for any restaurant business, whether you’re a customer or a member of the team. I am very much someone who wants to meet our customers, get to know them and joke with them. Being part of the whole customer service experience is crucial in my book.

“It’s an exciting time for everyone involved and we can’t wait to put big smiles on the faces of Chelmsford!”

Work on the project was undertaken by Brown Studio and has been designed with a modern interior which includes renovated cinema chairs mixed with leather chairs and bar stools.

Premier Hospitality magazine spoke to Brown Studio Project Designer Leanna Ioannou about the project.


How did you get involved with the project?

“We have worked with the client before and worked on the High Wycombe site for him so he approached us and asked us to design this new space.”

Were you given a brief for the project?

“As the client knows what he wants he gave us a brief so we worked from that. He is really into the industrial look, atmosphere and that overall look and feel so we went to reclaimed yards and found industrial looking items to put into the space. The site was an empty shell when we started so we transformed it from that.”

What was the timescale of the project?

“We spent about a month on site but before that we were working on it from around November 2017.”


Have you heard any feedback about what people think of the space?

“We have had really good feedback. I went to one of the opening days and it was really busy with people coming in and out so that was nice to see.”


Can you guide us around the space as if we were walking in for the first time?

“There is an area of softer seating to the right and this is a new aspect to the restaurant which hasn’t been done in pervious sites. We have used soft leather seating and couches and then we have some high seating to break that up, alongside regular seating with a mixture of square top and long tables. We have used all industrial and reclaimed looking furniture and have mixed that with the brand colours of dark greys and burgundy reds.”

How important has this project been for you to be involved with?

“It was one of my first projects with Brown Studio so it was a nice one to get started with. It was really hands on and the client liked going to the reclaimed yards and helping source the items so we did all of that together. It was a really fun project.”
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Peppermill Interiors

Peppermill Interiors have a wealth of experience in the furniture industry and have worked with a number of high-profile clients across the hospitality sector, including Jamie’s Italian, Costa and Turtle Bay. They have also worked with retail clients, previously supplying leading high street stores such as Ted Baker and Lush.

The company recently supplied The Works, Chelmsford with a range of stools, dining chairs, sofas and tables.

Commenting on the project, Lauren Stevenson from Peppermill Interiors said: “Seeing the finished result of projects like The Works is extremely rewarding for us. We stock items that fit modern, industrial and vintage interiors, so we can really cater to the individual needs of each client. The restaurant interior looks fantastic and it’s great to see so many of our products in there.

Our furniture is excellent quality and very competitively priced. We keep the majority of our items in stock, so our lead times are kept to a minimum. We really care about our customers and take pride in our level of customer service, which is why we see people return time and time again.”

Peppermill Interiors have over 20 years of experience supplying high-quality, unique products to homes and businesses all over the world. With product lines ranging from luxury upholstered dining furniture to quirky, one-off vintage pieces, there’s something to suit every interior. Peppermill also offer a bespoke service on a lot of their tables and benches, enabling them to cater to each customer’s individual requirements.

You can order over the phone on 01543 375872, browse and shop online at, or visit their showroom in Staffordshire, open Monday to Saturday.


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