Portview delivers Grade I service at for Pennethorne’s Café Bar at Somerset House

30 July 2015

Belfast based fit-out specialist firm Portview Fit-Out has completed work on a new hospitality outlet at Somerset House on The Strand, London. One of the UK’s finest and largest 18th century buildings, Somerset House is a Grade I listed landmark of international importance to our architectural heritage. The venue offers visitors a range of eating and drinking options, with the 186 sq m Pennethorne’s Café Bar the latest to open.

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The aim was to create a space which would provide a completely different feel from the other restaurants at Somerset House. Designed by SHH, the scheme takes inspiration from Sir James Pennethorne, the architect who completed the magnificent New Wing and references influences from Pennethorne’s European Grand Tour. Completed in five weeks, the interior fit-out treatment is rich, dark and daringly moody. It reflects early 19th century tastes and adds a contemporary twist, with grey and ink-blue walls decorated with hand-carved cameos, antiqued bronze mirrors, dark timber, Carrera marble counter tops and bespoke banquettes in navy leather and velvet.

Portview Contracts Manager, Aidan Cormack, commented: “The success of this potentially challenging project in one of central London’s busiest streets depended upon the close cooperation of the team at Somerset House. They gave us a lot of help with storage and access and everyone worked together to ensure that the fit-out was the best it could be. We are all very proud of the outstanding result.”

Rose McShane for SHH Architects and Interior Designers said: “The challenges of the project came from working within a Grade I listed building and the complex joinery items. Portview coped well with a busy site, a short programme and restricted deliveries to site. The client is very happy with the result.”


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