“Our restaurant at the South Bank Centre was a terrifically ambitious project for us at that time. The outstanding success resulted in the practice designing a number of our new sites as well as the refurbishment of some of the older ones. James and his team are a pleasure to deal with – full of great ideas and sensible solutions.”
Andrew Jacob, Director, Giraffe Concepts Ltd
A new concept design was created to take the Giraffe brand – already well established in nine medium sized high street locations across London – up to a larger unit size and for roll out across the UK.
The first unit in the new concept was in the Thames riverside retail development of the Royal Festival Hall. Giraffe took a 5,000 sq ft new restaurant shell in the extended river walkway level. Trading results outstripped all budget projections and the roll out rapidly proceeded to new sites across London and out to Oxford, Cambridge and Exeter amongst others.
By 2012 JWA had completed and handed over a total of seventeen new sites for Giraffe, and had refurbished twelve of the older sites to bring them into line with the new concept.
This project involved the complete reordering of a 1960s concrete frame office building with a three-storey rear extension creating a series of…
JWA is a dedicated team of architects working with James Wells. Based in West Sussex we design for new build homes, extensions, barn conversions and orchestrate plans for historically important listed buildings to work in the 21st Century. Our sister practice James Wells Commercial handles design for commercial projects including hotels, bars, restaurants and offices.