At Fairland Contractors, we’re well known throughout our industry for fast-track refit. But, a recent project had a very specific brief. Our clients, Mitchells and Butlers, asked us to turn a local, rustic style vintage inn in Beaconsfield into a shiny and sophisticated Browns Brasserie in eight weeks.
The Project: Browns Brasserie and Bar, Beaconsfield Old Town.
If you’d walked down Aylesbury End, Beaconsfield, a couple of months ago, you would have walked past the 17th Century former coaching inn, The White Hart. Today, in the same (but quite different) building, you’ll find a Browns Brasserie and Bar offering a distinctly modern flavour!
The project brief included refurbishing the trading areas, a new bar, new toilets, new flexible private dining, a new outside drinking area, and external decoration.
The new Brasserie was to feature plenty of plush velvet fixed seating. As well as decorative wall panels, all new feature and ambient lighting, exposed old oak beams, new floor finishes, and decorative tiling throughout. The project included final finishes of internal plants and new bric-a-brac.
Finally, the brief also included refurbishing the staff accommodation upstairs. And the challenge… All in eight weeks!
Getting the job done – Fast-track refit.
The Contracts Manager on this fast-track refit was Jamie Sutherland. Jamie knew that planning was the key to getting a project like this complete within the strict timescale set. Another factor in its success was the top-quality tradespeople we are fortunate to know and employ. When high-quality finishes are involved, working with people you know and trust is essential.
Above all, the team faced the challenges of working within the strict parameters of a listed building. Therefore, they needed to keep existing features and replace the external canopy with like for like, which was adhered to successfully. The many original exposed beams are a significant feature within the scheme designed by Kirk + Nolan. The exposed beams contrast nicely with the very high-end modern feel that the Brasserie now displays.
Site Foreman, Martin Fitzpatrick, said that a lot of hard work had gone into getting the project over the line. He said the last two weeks had been particularly busy with all the different trades and directs coming together.
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