Due to the age of the building – a property that’s original purpose was residential over a hundred years ago – the space –now a bar-restaurant – was awkward and not designed to host large numbers of people.
Already an ambitious fit out, Project B had more furniture than the floor allowed and as such could feel busier than it was. While good for atmosphere on a Saturday night and the venue appearing more popular to passers-by, Project B ran the risk of losing money as they were having to turn clientele away due to lack of space. Without the bar and restaurant fit out, Project B was unable to meet optimum capacity during busy periods.
On the subject of space, staff had difficulty navigating the crowds during busier periods. This was cause for concern with regards to health and safety, especially when carrying hot food and drink.
The bar design fitters also needed to consider the venue’s opening times. The bar is open throughout the day, meaning that the artificial lighting would have to be flexible to suit the time of day and complement the mood accordingly.