11 Portland Street/Foundation Coffee House

11 Portland Street/Foundation Coffee House


The Brief


Client Avison Young appointed Workspace Design & Build to refurbish 3 areas at 11 Portland Street, an occupied building in Manchester which included two reception areas and a new Foundation Coffee House. We also worked alongside designers NoChintz and Landlord Aviva to deliver this project.

The Refubishment



The refurbishment was split out into 3 phases; Minshull Street Reception, Foundation Coffee House and Aytoun Street Reception. Structural works within these three areas include creating a glazed partitioning between the Aytoun Street reception area and the new Foundation Coffee House, allowing easy access.

In the newly built coffee house, we kept the existing ceilings to adhere to the modern yet industrial theme and added partition walls to create accessible/non accessible WCs, storage rooms and a commercial kitchen area. Bespoke items were installed throughout the coffee house, including fixed customer seating with a plywood frame, wall panels, a Terrazzo bar and kitchen units. The walls in the area were painted various Dulux colours including light grey, mid grey, dark grey teal and mushroom to compliment the Johnsons prismatic white satin tiles with black mapei grout.

In each reception area, the existing speed gates were stripped out, and new Boon Edam gates were fitted in their place, along with bespoke Crown Cut American Black Walnut reception desks. Works throughout each reception also included sanding the original flooring and re-lacquering to refresh the space. The bright furniture installed in the reception area contrasts with the wooden flooring and wall cladding, adding a pop of colour to the room.

This project had a tight deadline as Foundation Coffee House had to open on 4th December, giving us 60 days from commencement of works in that area and as this was an occupied building we completed many works overnight.