Project title: River Rat bistro conversion

Client: David Harding & Frances Carrol

Project value: £125,000

Main contractor: Clients

Project description: The River Rat Wine Bar/Bistro is based in Hamble.  The premises was originally an old run-down tea room that was dated and in need of a total refurbishment and upgrade of facilities in order to operate as a commercial business.

The clients’ requirements for the refurbishment included:

  1. Provision of a new commercial kitchen area, 
  2. DDA compliancy,
  3. Provision for male and female and DDA compliant toilets,
  4. Provision for new bar area,
  5. Provision for storage – food and drink,
  6. Provision for tables and seating to accommodate approximately 60 people (internally and externally),
  7. Possible office space,

Special considerations for this project were:

  • Access and DDA requirements.  
  • Fire precautions, 
  • Structural integrity of the building, 
  • Ventilation and mechanical extraction, 
  • Environmental health requirements, and 
  • Conservation area constraints.

Works undertaken by ghd:

ghd assessed the brief and the available space and created a new internal layout scheme for the client which saw a new commercial kitchen facility installed to the ground floor along with a bar, DDA WC, dining area and small wine cellar display. A further dining area and a ladies and gents WC facility were arranged on the first floor. External outhouses were turned into useful storage space. 

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