8 months on site
We were instructed by leading social entertainment brand Bounce, in the fit-out and enabling works of a new dining, drinking and Ping Pong venue in close proximity to Old Street roundabout.
We provided project management, cost consultancy and CDM services, working alongside the innovative designers, Russell Sage Studios, to fully convert a basement space to a vibrant, energetic venue with Ping Pong, music, and a full food and drink service including an open pizza counter.
We managed the project from feasibility through to completion at BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standards to meet the sustainable project criteria.
We overcame the difficulties of working underground in a heavily urbanised area to produce a high quality venue combining three elements of hospitality. As the site was a disused car park, it felt like an outside space. It was neglected and we had to start from scratch to turn it into smart looking premises. We began by taking over the underground car park from the local council and initiated the enabling phase, creating a shell with drainage and essential waterproofing works.
Residential and retail units, offices and other licensed premises sit above and adjacent to the basement space, adding an extra layer of complexity to the project. We overcame this by liaising with Hackney council to provide a ‘tanking system’ to waterproof the space.
Our work included soundproofing the whole space which was one of the many challenges we faced. As Bounce uses a high noise output sound system, it was necessary to prevent any sound from breaking out into the units above or at street level. To solve this, we instructed an acoustic engineer to design louvers and wall lining systems to completely soundproof the space. In terms of minimising noise, the team needed to be mindful of local residents, not just because of the shell but also the times at which they could work and when deliveries could be made.
Working underground brings unique hurdles and we had to ensure that the space met current regulations; a comprehensive fire strategy and the ability to exit safely from below ground using staircases and lifts. Managing deliveries to the site added a further layer of complexity as Bounce is located in a heavily urbanised area, we maintained efficient communication with delivery personnel to facilitate deliveries whenever possible to guarantee a consistent flow of materials.
This was a tricky job from the outset because we were obtaining the venue from the local council, so there were a lot of hoops to jump through and a lot of regulation to navigate through.
We overcame the difficulties of working underground in a heavily urbanised area to produce a high quality venue combining three elements of hospitality. As the site was a disused car park, it felt like an outside space. It was neglected and we had to start from scratch to turn it into smart looking premises.
"We had worked with KMB before and knew they shared the same values as us, so we knew the project could work. We now have a good ongoing relationship, especially with Gavin Ferris.
The Shoreditch launch doubled the size of Bounce and gave us a really good platform to launch a US venue the following year; the fact the site was successful meant the next stage could be funded correctly."
Diane Jervis, Head of Communications, Bounce