ABDA completes historic cafe project

ABDA designed and outfitted this cafe for the Charterhouse in London.

Northampton-based ABDA Design has finished works within Thackeray’s at the Charterhouse, situated within the grounds of the historic Charterhouse site in London, which dates back the 14th century.

Having worked on a number of prestigious restaurant, arts and heritage projects, ABDA was appointed to design the café and prep kitchen in December 2016.

The café followed the completion of the new museum and learning centre, which was finalised in 2017 as part of the ‘Revealing the Charterhouse’ project, and the development was officially opened by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at the end of February.

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For ABDA, it was essential that its design and build approach had to take into account the Grade II listed building features, and with the assistance of structural engineers and a historian, it was able to overcome unique challenges throughout the project.

The firm worked with key manufacturing and distributor partners such as Creative Edge, CED Fabrications, Winterhalter, RH Hall, Electrolux, Protocol Furniture, Lightique Lighting, Williams Refrigeration and Mechline.

Jeremy Smith, ABDA project manager, commented: “It has been a huge privilege to work with the Charterhouse. We worked closely with our client and its appointed structural engineers and historian to ensure that the architectural features of this listed building were preserved throughout the project. This led to a smooth handover, and we hope that the café museum will be enjoyed by visitors for years to come.’’

David Phillips, bursar of The Charterhouse, added: “The royal opening of the museum was a great event in the life of this charity for the care of the elderly. We expect visitors to both enjoy their experience and appreciate that their visit is helping to support our work. The café will also be part of this.

“ABDA’s design and implementation of the project was sympathetic to the Georgian building in which it is situated, and has greatly improved the space it occupies. We found ABDA a good company to work with – everything from the inception of the project to design to completion was carried out promptly and to a high standard.”

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