Set in magnificent gardens just four miles from the centre of Cambridge, the Madingley Hall conference centre provides a memorable setting for conferences, events, afternoon tea and weddings. It is also home to the Institute of Continuing Education (part of the University of Cambridge) which offers part-time and short courses for adults of all ages, taught by leading Cambridge experts.
Built in the 16th century, this elegant country house has a bar area at the back of the building, which Thackray's completely refurbished along with supplying brand new furniture over a six-week project.
The brief from the client was to turn the bar into a ‘Social Learning Hub’, enabling visitors to socialise, relax or work individually and in groups.
Thackray’s were appointed to re-design the space, including a reconfiguration to the back of bar area. Brand new vinyl flooring and carpet was laid, new lighting, top to bottom decorations plus artwork on the walls showing famous Alumni from the 31 Colleges which make up the University. We also had to tackle the sound issues and in the end used the V-Volo absorbing panels by Ocee Design which hang from the ceiling.
Beautiful dining style furniture was selected from Brunner, soft seating from Allermuir, along with a poseur height table and bar stools by Frovi.
Ian Hardwick, Head of Hall Operations and Estates Development, commented: “Thackray UK Limited were a very positive partner in the re-design and fit out of our bar/social learning area. From the bold concept design to the final finish, Thackray’s performed to a very high standard. The fit out and delivery was well planned and communicated and we felt our needs were listened to throughout. They also took into account the Grade 1 listing when planning the works. The work has been completed on budget and to a high standard.”
We started the works in early December, and over the last few weeks have carried out the following elements: