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28 July 2020

The Clockspire Shortlisted at RBDA Awards

  • The Clockspire Shortlisted at RBDA Awards

    Studio Indigo is proud and honoured to be shortlisted at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2020 for The Clockspire Restaurant,  recognised within the UK Heritage Building category.

    Now in its twelfth year, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards is a globally recognised competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces. With entries from over 100 countries, projects cover every imaginable hospitality space.

    The judges include 36 industry leading figures working across design, architecture, hospitality and lifestyle. The judges include Sarah Douglas (Editor-in- Chief, Wallpaper), Didier Souillat (CEO, Time Out Market), Guy Heywood (COO, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, amongst other industry luminaries.

    The Clockspire was renovated in late 2019 by Studio Indigo, who converted the former Grade II Listed School House in the Somerset village of Millborne Port. The new restaurant specialises in contemporary English food locally and sustainably sourced. Customers can now experience beautiful food and wine within a relaxed and comfortable historical space that combines the past with the present.

    The building was originally built by Sir William Medlycott in 1864 as the local village school but closed in 1979. Following the school foreclosure, the building was converted into offices and then, until now, sat empty, neglected and derelict.

    Studio Indigo reinstated the original historical floor plan and proportions of the Central and West Halls as the Main Restaurant. A new mezzanine level was created where customers can now order a drink and truly appreciate the striking ceiling from a different perspective. The stunning original oak roof beams which were discovered hidden behind unsympathetic alterations have been fully exposed and cleaned, becoming the dominant feature of the restaurant and bar.

    These three large baronial halls are flooded with natural light through the restored windows and the space is impressive yet warm and comfortable.

    Its interiors have a distinct balance between old and new, set against a natural and material palette. Splashes of red and teal generate a sense of excitement and interest within the contemporary furniture and concrete flooring.

    Mike Fisher, Creative Director of Studio Indigo explains “The creation of The Clockspire has been a thrilling and rewarding experience. This significant village landmark has been beautifully restored and now sits proudly once again at the heart of the village. New employment has been provided within the village and a new destination restaurant has been created in this part of Somerset. The village is enormously proud of this restoration project and it’s wonderful to be recognised by the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards”

    Winners will be revealed ‪on the 15th October via a virtual awards ceremony.

    See more photos of this project here