As the principle contractor, we had 19 weeks to transform former office space into a new amazing dining space, enhance the existing staircase and create the additional toilets, known as the ‘Loos in the Mews’.
“The building was unoccupied when we did the initial fit out of Annabel’s, but with phase two, we were working in a fully operational building open 7.30am – 3am. Noise level restrictions, and managing the Health & Safety of moving operatives and materials around the building safely, whilst trying not to be seen, was certainly an added challenge,” said Darryl Buckley, Projects Director at Brown & Carroll.
We worked closely with the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio to make sure the restaurant had the same feel of the original Annabel’s club. We created replica timber panelling and an antique mirrored ceiling. We also designed and fabricated the banquette seating, and a backlit, colour-changing cast glass bar.
Loos in the Mews
The toilets on the 3rd floor of Annabel’s really do have to be seen to be believed. We used over four million pieces of hand-cut coloured glass mosaics, which mask the walls, ceilings and floors, and all read as one scene. We commissioned hand-carved sinks in the ladies, in the shape of Bergenia flowers. And in the gents, a 500kg piece of green onyx was carved into a basin in the shape of a crocodile.
During the 19 weeks, we also refurbished the staircase from the basement to the 4th floor. We clad the treads and risers in oak, and added new lighting and audio systems, plus full decoration. Then we mirrored every wall from top to bottom, which in traditional Richard Caring style was scattered with artwork over all floors.