Built environment programme & project management and delivery specialist, Styles&Wood along with other brands of Extentia Group, has delivered a unique collaborative dining experience “The Hall”, as part of a £72million extension at intu Lakeside. The Hall is the first out-of-town offering from award-winning operator Market Halls, who already run two successful venues in London. 

Designed to evoke the theatre and energy of street food from across the globe, customers will be able to enjoy a variety of cuisines from local independent food and drinks operators from across Essex and the South East. This is the first concept of its kind in the region, creating a brand-new casual dining destination for intu Lakeside’s 20 million annual visitors. 

As main contractor Styles&Wood worked with SpaceInvaderRalph Capper and GDM to deliver the 14,500sqft extension at intu Lakeside over a 14-week period. As project management and fit-out experts Styles&Wood built six kitchens, a coffee shop, a food truck pop-up stop, two bars and a canteen style seating area for 680 people.  

Extentia Group’s interior design consultants SpaceInvader & design-led furniture supplier Ralph Capper, worked closely with Market Halls to deliver their creative vision. Taking an industrial approach, the space created not only communicates the values of the Market Hall brand, but also acts as a supporting backdrop to showcase and enhance the individual food traders. 

Ralph Capper provided all furniture elements to complement the design intent of the building structure, through clever finishes and high-quality materials. Using unorthodox and tailored manufacturing techniques, they delivered a mixture of bespoke, design-classic seating and tables. 

The Group’s building services design consultants, GDM supported the whole design by taking a smart thinking and technical approach to MEP service supporting the interior design concept.   

Danny Hill, Business Unit Lead, Styles&Wood commented: 

The Hall at intu Lakeside was a great opportunity to showcase our design and build capabilities. Working alongside our colleagues across Extentia group enabled us to offer the client a full turnkey service and transform Markets Hall’s initial brief into reality from concept to completion. The team worked closely with the client to implement this concept in line within budget to deliver a fantastic project.  

“This is an exciting new avenue for Market Halls, with The Hall providing a new and vibrant social dining option for the 20 million visitors to intu Lakeside every year. We were delighted to partner with Extentia Group who helped realise our vision for the space.” commented Simon Anderson, CCO of Market Halls. 

Styles&Wood are currently on-site working with Market Halls on their soon to open flagship destination on Oxford Street in Central London, which when completed will become the largest food hall in the United Kingdom.  

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