Pacific had to fit out to a tight deadline a brand new out-of-town Harvester restaurant for Mitchells Butlers plc, the UK’s leading operators of pubs and eateries, whose extensive stable of brand names also includes All Bar One, O’Neill’s and Browns, and whose annual turnover from 1600 outlets runs to nearly £2billion. The Harvester at Glasgow Fort is located in a new extension to the mall, housing a Vue cinema complex and other restaurants.
This was a fast fit-out that consisted of the erection of a plant deck at the rear of the unit which houses all the air conditioning units and allows for easy maintenance. At the rear of the building, there is a boiler room and electrical supply cupboards. The staff areas have an office and team room. The kitchen consists of a wash-up area, cookline and pass-through which on the restaurant side becomes a main feature wall, with graphics on glass screens depicting wheat fields which form part of the Harvester logo.
The main restaurant area ceiling has several features incorporating lighting as well as one with oak beams. The dining area has polished timber screens with stainless steel and glass screens on top to discreetly separate dinners in the fixed seating areas and one to divide dining area adjacent the loose seating area.
Floor coverings include two sizes and colours of floor tile and a timber floored area adjacent the bar which is placed on the left hand side of the restaurant area.
The natural light from the glass side elevation, combined with the pale hues of the fitted timber and other fixtures gives the Harvester a spacious and relaxing feel. The restaurant is housed in the end unit, which has the advantage of newly installed double doors which will eventually lead to an exterior dining area.
The Harvester is now open, serving good-value meals to hundreds of customers every week, and it is a welcome and stylish addition to the refreshed Fort experience. Pacific are the only Scottish contractors serving Mitchells & Butlers, fast-food empire McDonald’s, pub chain JD Wetherspoon and bakery firm Greggs.