Sheffield, the great steel city of the North has come a long way from its characteristic industrial roots. Once internationally renowned for being a powerhouse of steel production, the 21st Century has seen Sheffield extensively redeveloped and reimagined as a hub for business, sport and culture.
With Sheffield’s gross value added (GVA) increasing by a whopping 60% since 1997, we wanted to give them a Chinese Buffet to shout home about and encourage even more economic growth.
When U Buffet asked us to do a full Turn-Key fit out for them, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the project and create a restaurant they could be truly proud of. Four months and hundreds of hours of man power later, Sheffield has another slice of culture in its modern day arsenal.
Before any of the imagination could begin, the building required a full mechanical and electrical installation. In the spirit of Sheffield’s industrial heritage, we set to work on installing new gas, electrical and water supplies, a DDA compliant lift, a bespoke kitchen extraction solution complete with dumb waiter lift, and all new toilet and sanitary facilities to boot.
In addition to the all-new panelled front glazing and flooring works, we wanted to pay homage to Sheffield’s rich history of steel production with a completely bespoke steel structured mezzanine floor, allowing even more people to enjoy a superb taste of the east in the heart of Sheffield.
All that was left to do was hang some ornate Chinese decorations and bring in the loose furniture to give the buffet some subtle yet tasteful décor from the orient.
We hope that the people of Sheffield and beyond love the new restaurant as much as we do, and if you’re looking for a new city to explore or are thinking of visiting, we’ll leave you with a fun fact:
Despite its rich industrial history, Sheffield is actually home to more than 250 parks, woodlands and gardens, awarding it the highest ratio of trees to people of any city in Europe!
Posted January 6, 2015