Royal Academy of Arts

Off-Site Manufacturing

Construction Leisure Manufacturing Offsite

The Brief

The Royal Academy of Arts in London wanted to fully refurbish it’s food and beverage offer; The RA Grand CafĂ©, adjoining lobby space, and courtyard bar.

All the areas were to be refurbished to coincide with the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Academy being open to the public.

The Solution

The project was delivered whilst the art gallery remained open to the public, a success in itself, as there were a number of extreme logistical complications with this project.

Works were all completed on time and to budget, another success, and the project was then shortlisted as a finalist for a Restaurant & Bar Design Award in the Listed Building category.

Through a collaborative mindset from the start, Cardinal suggested and agreed the use of off-site manufacturing with the client and the project stakeholders. Through this innovative approach Cardinal were able to halve the onsite programme, significantly improve the carbon footprint of the project and save money for the client, whilst also reducing the onsite disturbance to the client and their clientele.

Cardinal’s work included bespoke solid surfaces, illuminated heated & refrigerated display pieces, and the creation of terrazzo clad tables to compliment the fully restored interior of this Listed City Centre Building.