Real Patisserie, Western Road, Hove
In June ’17 we completed a brand new building next to The Level in Brighton for regular client – Kings Colleges. It’s a large building and has been quite a project. A team of us have been working on this project over two and a half years, working closely with the client and wider team on the design, specification, implementation and installation: Sean Garrick, RHP Partnership, RLF, Zise, Delta Green and the Buckingham Group. It’s been fascinating to have been involved with and a challenging but interesting site to work on.
It sits on the site of the former much loved Buxton’s furniture store which had lain dormant since the business relocated in 2004. The building is 5 storeys and comprises of a cafeteria, reception, two courtyards, offices, resource centre, 17 classrooms, student and staff accommodation (62 bedrooms) and student common rooms.
The reception area with optimised exposed ceilings and suspended lighting has a mural commissioned by Kings Colleges by of-the-moment artists Art+Believe, a large reception desk by Grain Furniture and pallet wood clad walls by The Honest Scott. Level Skateboards collected old skateboard decks and the school had them made into quirky stools. The potentially dark basement cafeteria is light and bright with high exposed ceilings. The whole building is full of Kings-signature bright colours – on walls, furniture and signage.