The Alan Nuttall Partnership Ltd was the Principal Contractor behind Fortnum & Mason’s royal attraction – the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.
Nuttalls were tasked with project managing the complete refurbishment and redesign of Fortnum’s St James Restaurant – famous for its traditional ceremony of afternoon tea – as part of Fortnum’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Taking the lead on the practical implementation of the design concept, the company used its expertise to bring the outstanding tea salon to life.
Operations Director Simon Frith said careful consideration had to be taken due to the iconic and sensitive nature of the project. He explained:
It was vital given its restrictive location, the age of the building and more importantly the prestigious character that had to be retained.
Importantly, Nuttalls were able to make a 17 per cent saving on the original £2.4 million budget, without compromising quality or style.
Simon Frith comments:
After carrying out a complete site assessment and survey, we set about implementing and making appropriate changes to aspects of the project including recommending alternative products and materials that offered better value. We achieved this without impacting on the quality that a building of this design, heritage and status deserves.
As well as managing the procurement of trades and materials, site management including health and safety and installation, Nuttalls manufactured all joinery and metalworks from its manufacturing base in Dudley.
Ensuring the transformation was complete and fit for a royal visit by the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge, Nuttalls were also responsible for all internal decoration and sourcing specialist finishing touches including hand painted panelling, hand painted wallpaper and linen wallpaper inserts to the panelling.
A specialist acrylic mould manufacturer was also commissioned to create acrylic tiles for the bar front which were glazed to match Fortnum’s brand colours. The bar tops were made from reconstituted lava rock and hand finished.
Simon Frith adds:
Creating the right ambience to fit the brief is crucial. With our intimate knowledge and experience in providing contractor services for shopfitting and interior fit-out projects, we were able to once again deliver a quality end product,” said Simon. “It was a privilege to be involved with such a commemorative project. It is a stunning interior and the perfect environment for Fortnum’s to continue its tradition of serving afternoon tea.
The Nuttalls team comprised 40 operatives and a site manager working on-site at Fortnum’s alongside the director, two project managers, a procurement manager and cost manager based at Nuttalls headquarters.
The company has a long-standing relationship with Fortnum & Mason, having previously worked on a wide range of projects including its Gallery and Fountain restaurants, basement food hall, ice cream parlour, bakery and confectionery counters and Clive Christian concession to name but a few.
Already recognised as one of the UK’s leading shopfitters, The Alan Nuttall Partnership Ltd specialises in interior fit-out, main and principal contracting, retail display design, manufacture and installation of fixtures, signage, foodservice and refrigeration equipment for retail, commercial, hospitality, leisure, foodservice and the public sector.