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Solus Ceramics Adds A Touch Of Flavour To Ricoh Arena

Mill Bar with Solus Ceramics

Leading tile supplier, Solus Ceramics has added a touch of flavour to the newly refurbished The Mill Bar & Brasserie in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry with the installation of its innovative Craft and Cyrus tile ranges.

The Ricoh Arena prides itself on being able to offer the ideal surroundings for customers to enjoy refreshments. With regular refurbishments of food and beverage outlets standard practice to ensure stylish dining spaces are utilised, the decision was made to re-configure, re-design and update the interior of The Mill Bar & Brasserie.

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Having worked on a number of projects together, SHH Architects & Interior Designers were tasked with developing a design that was consistent, visually appealing and inviting throughout the entire premises to cater to guests wanting anything from a quick drink through to a sit-down meal.

Deirdre Hayes, Senior Interior Designer at SHH Architects & Interior Designers, commented: “One of the key aspects of the brief was to create a destination that would entice both arena and hotel guests. Working closely with Levy Restaurants and Ricoh Arena, we proposed creating an over-arching theme for The Mill Bar & Brasserie that would reflect the history of industry and manufacturing in the local area, whilst providing a sleek oasis from the bustle of the arena.

“Wanting to keep the link to industry throughout the entire design, we utilised Solus Ceramics’ concrete inspired Craft tile range, which takes the design aesthetic to another level by offering a more delicate approach, whilst still retaining a sense of urban industrial chic.

“The surface of each individual tile is slightly different, showcasing variations in tone and shade, crevices and bold brushstrokes that give the tiles a sense of freedom and artistic expression.

“In addition, Solus Ceramics also supplied 200 x 50mm white wall tiles from their Cyrus range, which we laid in a dramatic zig zag herringbone pattern on the walls and the central bar.  The central bar area played a key role in bringing new life to the space as it created a hub for visitors to relax in.

“The overall project has been very rewarding. Working closely and building strong relationships with suppliers, like Solus Ceramics, has given The Mill Bar & Brasserie a new sense of style, history and vibrancy to the space, creating a much more exciting destination for visitors to the arena.”

Michael Irvine, Area Sales Manager at Solus Ceramics, concluded: “SHH Architects & Interiors Designers have been able to implement a design theme that not only brings a freshness to The Mill Bar & Brasserie, but also ensures the space is now more lively and atmospheric than before. We have worked closely on previous projects and we look forward to working alongside them again in the future.”

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