- Location: Shaldon Devon
- Client: ODE / True Food
- Architect / Interior Designer: LHC Group
- Value: £300,000
- Contract period: 12 weeks
From the outset we bought into the vision of creating somewhere special for families with young children to enjoy great local and seasonal food whilst being able to see sustainability in action. Yet Café ODE was a demanding project – which had to be ready within three months to welcome the Olympic flame on its journey through Shaldon to London 2012.
The original Ness Stables were refurbished into a contemporary café and takeaway. Because the stables are set within a conservation area we refurbished the end block in keeping with its original design. We also maintained the annex block’s footprint but converted it into a café for 40 people with a modern glass lobby area.
We created a commercial kitchen able to handle 100+ covers per day, laid a humongous 70-metres of drainage and landscaped an outdoor-seating area (in what used to be a car park) marking the area with a new, striking Devon stonewall.
Café ODE founder, owner and head chef, Tim Bouget, commented: “Ease has been the perfect partner for us – expectations have been exceeded. The team met targets in schedules and, most importantly, in budgets. Although a difficult project I had complete faith and 100% trust in their capabilities to deliver.”
The approach to sustainability was at the top of our agenda, too
- We carefully considered our own carbon footprint when appointing sub-contractors and assessing their activities.
- We sourced and recycled building materials to meet the eco ethos at Café ODE and installed a green living-roof system, alongside solar panels to provide a renewable energy source.
- Café ODE was awarded Sustainable Restaurant of the Year by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, awarded by the SRA president Raymond Blanc OBE. Watch the BBC News report about Café ODE’s award