BUILT environment specialist Extentia Group has delivered a unique collaborative dining experience “The Hall”, as part of a £72million extension at Intu Lakeside. The Hall is the first out-of-town offering from award-winning operator Market Halls, who already run two successful venues in London.
Designed to evoke the theatre and energy of street food from across the globe, customers will be able to enjoy a variety of cuisines from local independent food and drinks operators from across Essex and the South East. This is the first concept of its kind in the region, creating a brand-new casual dining destination for Intu Lakeside’s 20 million annual visitors.
Four of Extentia Group’s specialist brands – Styles&Wood, SpaceInvader, Ralph Capper and GDM, worked with the Market Halls team to deliver the 14,500sqft extension at Intu Lakeside over a 14-week period:
· Project management and fit-out experts Styles&Wood built six kitchens, a coffee shop, a food truck pop-up stop, two bars and a canteen style seating area for 680 people.
· Award-winning interior design consultants SpaceInvader, worked closely with Market Halls to deliver their creative vision. Taking an industrial approach, the space created not only communicates the values of the Market Hall brand, but also acts as a supporting backdrop to showcase and enhance the individual food traders.
· Supporting SpaceInvader’s design proposition, furniture supplier Ralph Capper provided all furniture elements to complement the design intent of the building structure, through clever finishes and high-quality materials. Using unorthodox and tailored manufacturing techniques, they delivered a mixture of bespoke, design-classic seating and tables.
Extentia Group’s building services design consultants, GDM supported the design by taking a smart thinking and technical approach to MEP (mechanical, electrical and public health) service supporting the interior design concept.
Extentia Group is also working with Market Halls on their soon to open flagship destination on Oxford Street in Central London, which when completed will become the largest food hall in the United Kingdom.
Tony Lenehan, CEO, Extentia Group commented: “This project showcases Extentia Group’s expertise in coordinating and delivering an end-to-end, full suite of built environment services, from fit-out, M&E and interior design, right through to bespoke joinery, decoration and furniture. We’re delighted to have played a role in creating a new and vibrant social dining experience for one of the UK’s most popular leisure destinations. It has been a great opportunity to share our ambition in supporting independent retailers to create the best possible customer experience”.
“This is an exciting new avenue for Market Halls, with The Hall providing a new and vibrant social dining option for the 20 million visitors to Intu Lakeside every year. We were delighted to partner with Extentia Group who helped realize our vision for the space. ” commented Simon Anderson, CCO of Market Halls.