D&D London’s complex ventilation brief poses test for supplier

German Gymnasium

The company that put in the ventilation for D&D London’s highly-rated German Gymnasium restaurant says it is delighted that the operator was happy with the project after issuing such a “demanding” brief.

Bradford-based Mansfield Pollard was appointed to design and install bespoke kitchen canopies at the King’s Cross restaurant, which has won rave reviews since its launch.

The Grade II listed building was designed as the first purpose-built gym in England, but now boasts a ground-floor grand cafe, outdoor terrace, restaurant, bars and private dining spaces thanks to a £5m investment by D&D London.

The complicated design brief specified the retention of the original features such as the vast laminated timber roof trusses and exposed 57 foot ceilings, which invoke the building’s history, therefore providing supporting steelwork for the canopies wasn’t an option.

The design, installation and commissioning of the three canopies — the largest of which was a 20 square metre, central island canopy incorporating UV odour reduction filtration — required meticulous planning and coordination between the specialist engineers and designers, according to sales and marketing director, Andrew Glen.

He said: “We have extensive experience and expertise of designing and installing bespoke products for the most challenging of air management projects. The brief for this Grade II Listed building was complex and demanding, but we designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned a solution which exceeded the expectations of our client.”

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