New Bracken House

Shine are proud
to have been a part of the catering installation at the most prestigious
catering project New Bracken House, London EC4

, Obayashi
commissioned John Robertson Architects
to undertake the refurbishment of Bracken House in the
City of London. Originally designed by Albert Richardson in the early 1950s as
the headquarters of the Financial Times, the ‘H’ shaped building underwent a
dramatic reconstruction in the late 1980’s by Michael Hopkins and Partners.
After a quarter of a century of use, J
ohn Robertson
Architects is
sensitively refurbishing the Grade II* listed building ready for occupation in
2018 as the newspaper is

to move back to former headquarters in 2019, almost three
decades after relocating to Southwark.

The design
accommodates 18,600 sqm of office space, an enlarged entrance hall, new
internal courtyards and a roof garden with running track.


Humble Arnold Associates catering specification
combined with Shine Catering Systems expertise in catering installations are
realised in a state of the art catering facility. High function combined with
stunning decorative finishes allow the realisation of the caterers to be


Ambach cook suite, Halton canopies, Proline servery
counters, Foster coldroom suite and refrigerated cabinets , Winterhalter
dishwashers and Trak Systems dishwash handling system along with Shine’s in
house fabrication, own project management and installation reflect the high
specification demanded by the design team at the FT.


Challenges encountered and overcome through the
design, co ordination and installation period were;



the multi
facetted design of the counter was a key factor in Shine and Proline being
awarded the contract as we had to demonstrate our ability to work with the
Financial Times and main contractor design teams to an exacting complex design.
We have fulfilled our promise and delivered a stunning work of act, that is
both beautiful and functional.


Our PM Mike
Coxford had to integrate the catering installation to the demands of a
complicated structural building programme as the main hoists were removed 5
months prior to the catering installation so early specification and technical
sign off needed to be achieved to allow heavy and bulky items to be delivered
within programme restrictions.

Coordination with the M & E contractor
needed a multi consultant and coordinated design coordination process to be
undertaken  allowing the Halton M.A.R.V.E.L system to work in harmony with
the BMS supply and extract fans.

Go to the gallery page to see photographs of the completed project.