Bridgehead Coffee Roastery
(Roastery, Head Office, Warehouse, Bread Lab, and Coffeehouse)
Early in the project we put it to Tracey Clark, Bridgehead CEO, that we would design the Roastery to be the ‘Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory’ of coffee and all things associated. We would design a place where adults and children of all ages could discover the magic and beauty of things we often think of as mundane like making coffee and bread.
Although no certification was pursued for this project, environmental responsibility is one of Bridgehead’s core corporate values. To this end the “Reuse” of this durable building was undertaken. There was a primary focus on returning to and improving the daylighting systems that were part of the original architectural design. The use of large areas of glazing and skylights for daylighting were standard at the time this building was built. By focusing on reusing and adapting, the “original good bones” of the building were uncovered creating a well daylit space loved by staff and the public.
In addition to the use of daylighting, years of neglect were repaired; all mechanical and electrical systems were replaced including the incoming services and the building envelope performance was improved.
Continually a work in progress; two components of the original design remain to be completed. When it comes to coffee roasting, acoustics are a known concern and a strategy developed for sound attenuation has yet to be implemented. The brand expression on the exterior also remains to be completed. LMA worked closely with Bridgehead’s Director of Marketing on the design of backlit laser cut steel panels that reflect the Bridgehead brand.
We hope to see these in place before long.
Leibe Engineering Ltd., Goodkey Weedmark Engineering Ltd., The Lake Partnership Ltd.
Structural Engineering: Leibe Engineering Ltd.
General Contractor: Lake Partnership Ltd.