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Midland Arches Smokehouse, London

Although the majority of our work is on residential extensions and planning permissions for homeowners, we have experience as commercial architects on small scale restaurants and bars. In this case we were referred by one of our clients in London to assist in obtaining planning permission to convert a vacant unit into a smokehouse restaurant.



Scope of Work

  • Survey of existing vacant retail unit under railway arch in Leyton.
  • Proposed layout drawings to establish kitchen set up, number of covers and types of seating.
  • Submission to Waltham Forest Council for new shop front.
  • Interior design moodboard and internal 3D visualisations showing décor and furniture.
  • Midland Arches Smokehouse London Northedge Architecture
  • Midland Arches Smokehouse London Northedge Architecture
  • Midland Arches Smokehouse London Northedge Architecture

Situated under a railway line, the commercial units were partially converted into lettable spaces. We were employed to prepare plan layout drawings and act as the planning agent to submit a change of use application from retail space to a restaurant and takeaway.

Before we could finalise the proposal to the local council, we established a brief with the client which was centred around the concept for a smokehouse. This had not been done in the area before and there were still questions on how the space was going to look and feel.

Midland Arches Smokehouse London Northedge Architecture

Our services also include interior design and 3D visualisations which proved vital for the client to envisage a direction to take for the choices of furniture and furnishings, opting for more of a rustic ambience. We achieved this through the introduction of smoked wood tables and bench seating and this was complimented by exposing the raw materials of the brickwork and metal ribbed ceiling of the arch.

Understanding the complete picture, we also offered advice on lighting design. We felt that the rustic and raw materials could look unfinished if not paired with an element of modern refinement.

Midland Arches Smokehouse London Northedge Architecture

By introducing a range of LED strip lighting, bulb pendants and illuminated signage it would offer customers the visual appeal of a high end eatery without significant costs and avoiding altering the fabric of the space.

Given the restricted width of the unit, we introduced frameless mirrors to visually widen the space and improve the proportions which otherwise would have felt long and narrow. By using dark tones on the ceiling we are able to hide the imperfections of the arch and bring the focus to ground level where the tables and chairs are. The use of a black and charcoal grey colour palette references the charring of coals and wood in the smoking process. Going beyond architectural drawings services we created a space that the clients could identify with and brought together the visual language of their brand identity.

Midland Arches Smokehouse London Northedge Architecture