Portview serves up a treat at new Heathrow eatery

31 July 2015

Belfast based specialist firm Portview Fit-Out has completed a 12 week interior fit-out at Heathrow airport’s latest addition to its range of pre-flight dining options airside in Terminal 5. Upmarket caterer Rhubarb opened Pilots Bar and Kitchen, a new 145 cover restaurant whose design is inspired by the golden era of 1950s travel.

Covering an area of 4000 sq ft, the sleek interior has been designed by 01 Creative to evoke the glamorous early days of the international jet set. The nostalgic feel is emphasised by a vintage palette and aeronautical design features, including an over-sized jet engine air intake adding interest to the ceiling. The theme continues with glass hangar-style doors and club chairs upholstered in baseball glove leather.

Antique searchlight fittings, chrome, stainless steel and period graphics all reinforce the ambience. Seating options include bar stools, poseur tables, lounge seats and traditional banquettes. Other design highlights include a full size Dakota aircraft mural and a stainless steel open pass from the kitchen, adding to a sense of theatre.

Portview Contracts Director, Sean McEvoy, said:

“The attention to detail required to bring this design concept to life was incredible. The retro styling married to contemporary quality and innovation is distinctive in a setting such as Heathrow. The unique scheme allowed our teams to showcase their skills to the full.”

Derrick Pover, Director, 01 Creative, said:

“The project has been an outstanding collaborative success and required a huge team effort to overcome the complexities of working airside in the world’s busiest airport. This was an extremely complex project with some extremely challenging technical difficulties surrounding an ‘open kitchen’ in an airport environment. Portview really stepped up to the task”.

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