The 50,000ft2 garden centre launched in 2010 houses a Himalayan coffee bar with a capacity of 260 covers.

The interior is inspired by Indonesian design, creating a warm atmosphere with growing bamboo screens and mobiles of autumn leaved branches. In the centre of the restaurant is a stone cairn and a cloud of prayer flags.

The design of the eatery beat two Harrods in-store restaurants, Caffè Florian and Frescobaldi, to win the prestigious Retail Week Interiors’ award for the Best In-Store Restaurant of the Year.

 

HPW beats Harrods for top design award

Peterborough-based Van Hage Garden Centre scooped a top national design award for the in-store restaurant designed by HPW – beating international retailer Harrods in the process.

The 50,000ft2 garden centre launched in 2010 houses a Himalayan coffee bar with a capacity of 260 covers. The interior is inspired by Indonesian design, creating a warm atmosphere with growing bamboo screens and mobiles of autumn leaved branches. In the centre of the restaurant is a stone cairn and a cloud of prayer flags.

The design of the eatery beat two Harrods in-store restaurants, Caffè Florian and Frescobaldi, to win the prestigious Retail Week Interiors’ award for the Best In-Store Restaurant of the Year.

“You probably wouldn’t expect the winner of this category to be found in what is, in effect, an edge-of-town shed. Yet such was the quality and attention to detail of the catering environment created by the HPW Partnership, that this one found its way to the top of the pile,” said the judges.

“You’d feel OK if you managed to get a cup of tea and a bun in a store of this kind, but this interior confounds all such expectations. With a high ceiling that is managed through the use of large-format graphics, pendant lights help to keep the eye down at the table level and create an uncluttered feel. There is also a distinctly contemporary palette of materials.”

HPW's Director of Design and Sustainability, Gary Wilburn, said: “As an initial thought, the geographical location of Peterborough and the low lying Fens were considered by the design team but thinking that would be a little obvious, the idea of suggesting an environment of high altitude and difference came to mind. This led to the suggestion of putting in a colourful environment inspired by Tibet and the Himalayas. The use of abstracted references led to a central stone cairn with a cloud of prayer flags.

“Van Hage Peterborough embraces a genuinely collaborative approach with the client, design and construction team working together to deliver an inspiring retail environment for their customer. The result is a sector-leading formula, which sets new standards of design, fit-out and merchandising for destination garden retailing.”

HPW beats Harrods for top design award
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