The Prince of Wales

Bar Refurbishment

We were delighted to be approached by Randalls Guernsey to help with the re-design of the Prince of Wales. Although protected, the building had undergone various reconfigurations over the past 25 years and much of the historical character of the interior had already been lost. It had become a dark, damp and generally unwelcoming venue, and required significant upgrade to bring it up to modern standards.

Our brief was to deliver a warm and vibrant interior, with improved natural light and a visual connection to the street to attract a diverse clientele throughout the day. Both floors have been reconfigured, creating a flexible space that offers a welcoming breakfast café, a lunchtime tapas spot and an evening wine bar. Relocating the staircase and forming a double height void offers customers a direct link between floors and floods natural light from the large existing windows into the lower subterranean level.

During the early design phase various colour palettes were developed, introducing the clients desire for pink. A naturally pigmented clay plaster has been used throughout, in contrast to dark glazed ceramic tiles and textured fabrics, with highlights of white composite stone and brasswork. A custom pink and teal terrazzo was also produced to define the lobby and restrooms, with softer lime washed timber tones to the bar areas.