Blandford Comptoir, London
Understated style, impact and durability.
A101: SmartBox® Awnings
When the celebrated Master Sommelier Xavier Rousset opened Blandford Comptoir, his new bistro in the heart of the West End, he knew that getting the right architectural look would be essential. This meant not only providing shade and shelter for the on-street diners, but also finding a product that would elegantly integrate with the overall design scheme. Our new A101: SmartBox® retractable awning was the natural choice.
Manager Alice Bernigaud was looking for style and impact, as well as increasing covers. The understated facade and muted colours of the Blandford Comptoir exterior meant that any awning system would need to match perfectly to maintain a consistent style. In addition to this, the bistro’s position directly on a busy street in central London made it paramount that the awnings and fabric were durable and able to withstand the thick city air.
Our A101: SmartBox® retractable awnings can be supplied in hard-wearing anthracite grey, with fabric to match, which paired perfectly with the paint scheme of Blandford Comptoir. Not only does this maintain a subtle, elegant look to the exterior, it also means the effects of fumes and pollution will be far less damaging to the look of the fabric.
They chose James Robertshaw to supply and fit the features of their envisioned traditional destination marketplace, from tops and skirts to canopies, and folding arm market awnings to traditional box awnings – perfectly reflecting the provenance, craft and traditional values of the market.
The results have been incredibly well received, with Altrincham Market becoming a top destination in the North West – it was even voted ‘Best Local Market’ by Observer readers in October 2015.
This is the first A101: SmartBox® leisure and hospitality project we have done. From initial concept and site meeting, through to installation and sign off, the project was completed in 8 weeks. As well as fulfilling the brief of ‘style, impact, and durability’ the restaurant also gained an additional 12 covers.
Our new A101: SmartBox® commercial awnings are available in sizes up to 5,500mm by 3,500mm, thousands of different colour finishes and fabrics, and can be supplied with our unique embedded LED lighting strips. All of this fitted into the sleek, weather-sealed cassette. Protection for your customers in a package that will stand the test of time.
If you’re interested in a project of this type or would like further product information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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“The A101: SmartBox® awnings are absolutely perfect for us. They fit with the design exactly and make sure that we can keep our customers protected for al fresco dining. That was really important to us in our location.”
Alice Bernigaud, Manager
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