Hard Rock design uses slate

March 10, 2004
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NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - Burlington Stone has recently supplied its olive green Bursting Stone as cladding within the bar area of one of the latest cafe venues to be opened in central Nottingham by the restaurant chain, Hard Rock Cafe.

Burlington's slate cladding, along with many other materials, has helped transform a 19th Century, Grade 11 listed building originally designed by the architect of the Natural History Museum, into a contemporary environment that is keeping with the Hard Rock concept, according to London-based architectural firm, Cadmium Design. To provide a contrast to many original features such as the floor-to-ceiling glazed Victorian tiling and mosaic floor, the designers introduced a granite bar that is fronted by Burlington stone cladding measuring 3 feet high x 46 feet long. Complete with a honed finish, the cladding is among a series of stained glass and timber and wood panels that house Hard Rock Cafe memorabilia behind the bar area. “Our design was influenced heavily by the work of the original architect, and we aspired to a similar approach using the style, materials and skills available today,” stated Cadmium's managing director, Paula Reason. “Burlington's stone was perfect for this project as not only did it fully complement the clean lines of granite, but its color was perfect for our scheme.”

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