ARJ have recently delivered a new café and servery at Royal Holloway, University of London’s main campus in Egham, Surrey. The project was carried out on the live university campus. It involved the full strip out and refurbishment of the Grade II listed Boiler House north wing; next to the Grade 1 listed boiler house chimney’s, to form a new café with servery, seating, back of house areas and unisex toilets.
The new build element involved the construction of a café pavilion seating area in the courtyard using Glulam timber structures, a modular ceiling and copper roof. Each of the 1300 ceiling panels were hand cut and unique. The intricate copper roof for the pavilion is convex in shape and sloped from one side of the building to the other. All junction details between the roof and Glulam structure therefore required careful review with each of the respective specialist contractors to ensure they fitted together on site. The remainder of our works involved remodelling the Café Jules in the International building to form new office space.
All works were completed for the start of the new term, to the delight of the students and staff.