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We are please to announce that the first customers have now experienced our newly refurbished meeting, dining and event space at 54 Staniforth Road, Attercliffe and have pronounced it "superb".
A corporate thank you day was organised by a major retailer, treating their staff to a champagne reception and delicious afternoon tea. We received many comments about the comfort of the space, the exciting visual appearance of elements like the bespoke ash handrail and the restored old roof trusses.
We are currently taking bookings for a range of events from business training sessions, wedding receptions, private dining parties and corporate meetings. We have a very bespoke service and offer unique menus for each event to ensure our locally sourced catering meets individual needs.
Having stripped the building back to the brickwork the excellent builders from Farlwood have progressed really well in the last week fitting thick insulated boards in the roof and all the walls. Its amazing to see the skill of the plasterers as they complete a perfectly smooth finish to these surfaces.
A really interesting discovery has been a set of mermaid like gargoyles found embedded in the concrete running up the side of the staircase. These have only been discovered as this old staircase is being removed. Five of the cast iron figures were found behind a couple of layers of plaster mounted every foot or so onto a timber backing board. At least a further three appear to be fixed behind a steel beam across the head of the stairs. As this part is to be removed too we shall see if we can recover any more. We would love to hear from anyone with any thoughts about what or why these were here. In the meantime we are going to have a go at refurbishing them - some are missing various parts and all need a good clean.
Aside from the building work we have been planning the interior details. Its great to have skilled suppliers so close on hand. Aries Lighting in Darnall is working with us on some feature large hanging pendants, Full Volume looking at the AV installation with speakers made at Cloud Electronics (both based 2 minutes walk away) and the Daniel Bros are working on tables, curved feature walls and window sills!
Work has continued over the Christmas break taking the space on the first floor of our base at 54 Staniforth Road, Sheffield, back to its bare shell. We will soon be ready to start the re-building to create our 100 seat meeting, dining and event venue. Excitingly we have revealed the large roof trusses and the layers of paint added over many years are being stripped away. The natural wood below has a lovely grain and should work well with the tables we are making from re-used pallets. See our previous post for pictures.
The next job will be to remove the old plaster from the walls so that we can add thick layers of insulation both to the walls and the roof space to ensure our guests are toasty warm but also to minimise heating inputs and their environmental impacts.
Our electricians have already been busy and have actually completed their first fix to the first floor. Theres over a mile of cable already gone in across the electrical, lighting, fire, security, audio, data and phone cables! Great that they still look so happy!
So progress but still lots to do! Although its hard to imagine at the moment we are very confident that the result will be a unique venue reflecting our values of local sourcing, sustainability and innovative cooking with brilliant care for our guests. So still very much on track to deliver the vision.
Our beautiful dining and event space is has being created by carefully refurbishing the first floor at our premises at 54 Staniforth Road, Sheffield, S9 3HB. With the original building dating back to at least 1870 we have uncovered the original timber trusses taking the ceiling up to the apex of the roof to give a fresh, airy feel. An ideal meeting venue to get those creative juices going.
The room will be furnished with beautiful tables being handmade from reused pallets by the Daniel Bros at the Portland Works in Sheffield. The organic feel of this wood will picked up in the cladding of the main curved wall with subtle coloured led lighting reflecting the seasons. Large globe pendant lights, being a reference to the buildings original incarnation as a billiard hall, along with discrete full sound and av system (being manufactured in Staniforth Road by Cloud Electronics) give the space great flexibility. Our architects, Burnell Briercliffe in Sheffield, have worked hard to consider sustainability issues in the choice of materials. The insulation is sustainable wood and all the paints will contain no volatile organic compounds.
Accommodating up to 100 people for a fully seated banquet or 150 people for more informal events our values of handmade, locally sourced and seasonal food will be the cornerstone of the menus. Fully licensed we would like to feature our own specialities such as cider made from our own apples and perhaps even a Staniforth Road beer flavoured with our local grown Prima Donna hops. However, guests will be able to create their own themes and menus and work with us to ensure their event is totally unique.
We expect our new meeting, dining and event space on the first floor of our buiding at 54 Staniforth Road (S9 3HB) to be complete in April 2017.
Throughout the planning process we have worked closely with our Sheffield based architects, Burnell Briercliffe, to make the refurbishment as environmentally sound as possible. Considerations of sustainability are a key part of our core values and we wanted to carefully consider each step of the process from the demolition to the choice of materials used as well as aspects of the levels of insulation and on going impacts of each material chosen.
Talking of insulation we are installing a considerable amount to make the space much more efficient to heat. We have chosen a product from Natural Building Technologies which is actually carbon negative in its manufacture.
Only wood from indigenous forests are used principally sawmill offcuts. Preference is given to wood from sustainable and socially acceptable sources. All the wood used is purchased within the European region, makes a significant contribution to a sustainable, ecological forestry industry.
Improving the insulation to this level will significantly reduce the gas required to operate the central heating meaning less radiators too. In fact we are recycling the existing radiators rather than having to scrap these avoiding waste.
The electrical demand will be minimised by the use of LED lighting throughout and energy efficient applicances along with movement sensor switches - chefs never turn off lights!
So with our Sheffield made tables (from re-used pallets) and 37 solar panels we are keeping things local and low impact.