• Mackenzie Wheeler Hospitality Architects Interior Designers Cookery School York
  • Mackenzie Wheeler Hospitality Architects Interior Designers Cookery School York
  • Mackenzie Wheeler Hospitality Architects Interior Designers Cookery School York
  • Mackenzie Wheeler Hospitality Architects Interior Designers Cookery School York
  • Mackenzie Wheeler Hospitality Architects Interior Designers Cookery School York
  • Mackenzie Wheeler Hospitality Architects Interior Designers Cookery School York
  • Mackenzie Wheeler Hospitality Architects Interior Designers Cookery School York
  • Mackenzie Wheeler Hospitality Architects Interior Designers Cookery School York

The Cookery School at The Grand
The Grand Hotel, York

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Client
Splendid Hospitality

Location
Rougier St, York

Date Completed
January 2019

Contract Period
12 weeks

Contract Sum
Confidential

Services Provided
Full Architecture and Interior Design Services

Mackenzie Wheeler have created an attractive and hugely successful cookery school in what was once a poorly used basement services area under a 1970’s office block. This project followed the conversion by the practice, in 2018, of the upper floors of the office building into 100 bedrooms as an extension to the 5-star Grand Hotel next door, also refurbished and converted to hotel use by the practice in 2015.

The project created a stylish new cookery school with 16 workstations, including an accessible workstation, a demonstration area, a fully equipped back of house kitchen, a dining area, a multi-use teaching space, W.C facilities and an external break-out garden area for guest use and the cultivation of herbs.

The original space was dark, claustrophobic and uninviting with the only natural light coming from a central light well. The challenge was to create a space that felt as open, light and airy as possible, whilst accommodating a myriad of services within limited headroom. The use of an acoustic timber slatted ceiling that curves through the space provides a civilising, natural and tactile element to an otherwise necessarily functional interior.