A derelict retail store in Birmingham city centre had been neglected for many years, but was in an ideal location to become part of the city’s thriving social scene. Word of mouth about the quality of Zero Point 8’s work elsewhere led to us partnering with a top interior design agency to deliver a vibrant new venue.
The brief was clear – the end result was to be a bold, adventurous, playful and provocative bar and restaurant with the ‘wow’ factor. While the space would ‘push the boundaries’ when completed, it also had to be aligned with the food and drink offering.
Zero Point 8 were appointed by our design agency partner to manufacture and install all joinery items. Because of the precise nature of the brief, everything was bespoke and made to measure, including a reception counter, waiter stations, doors, bar and cloakroom cabinetry.
What we did
We were provided with a design brief and drawings, which the team used to start constructing items of furniture. Due to the complexities and age of the building, we were constantly required to pivot how we worked and turn things around quickly to ensure the project stayed on track.
Prior to completion, Zero Point 8 were also tasked with designing, building and installing fire doors. The multi-level feature of the building and large pillars proved to be an additional challenge for the onsite fitting team, but our flexibility and patience proved remarkable. Much of the work was very intricate, including the metalwork around the bar itself, and involved us also working closely with other contractors.
The bar is a truly amazing area, set across tiered levels and built up on a platform to stunning effect. The design agency was extremely happy with the end result – just what their client has visualised – edgy, attractive and memorable.
Steve Maxwell, technical operations director at Zero Point 8, said: “This is a prime example of our team turning around a challenging situation and making it work so that we stayed on track but brought to life the vision that was required.”