Little Lion Cafe Case Study
When the PCH Foundation approached Bellfort to design and construct a café within the new Perth Children’s Hospital, we saw it as a golden opportunity, and embraced it as one of our proudest achievements. Meeting state government, health and client guidelines for both design and construction fundamentals made that achievement yet another resounding success for our team. Especially within the highly competitive Perth café & restaurant sector. More of our cafe interior design and fitout jobs are featured further on our site.
Approval processes were extremely tight due to the sensitivity surrounding this major Perth development. Plus, having to meet strict criteria and working through intrinsic site restrictions, meant Bellfort’s attention to detail had to be at the top of its game. In addition to this, the PCH Foundation – the fundraising arm for Perth Children’s Hospital, had a limited budget. As a consequence, each design stage was aligned with construction proficiency and cost. Every sub-contracted element for the café interior was scrutinised in order to ensure best value for money was achieved for our client.
Cafe Design Inspiration
The challenge of creating an interior for both children and adults alike was highly motivating. Given that the interior sits within a hospital environment, where many visitors are likely to be highly stressed and unwell, amplified this motivation. The result of which, was a need to create a magical sanctuary that offered all age groups a place to escape from life’s harsh realities.
So, we thought, what better than a ‘Tree of Life’ to spread its warmth and encourage a focus on nature within a clinical environment? The ground-breaking design of the Corian trees embraces the café space and augments specialist lighting features. Effectively, they colour a magical forest – that supports peace and harmony.
Even though the cafe’s ‘magic’ feel is a major highlight, we felt it was important not to downplay the superior construction skills that allowed everything to unite. Existing infrastructure limited the placement of essential services such as plumbing, lighting and partitioning. However, the enthusiasm of all trades involved in the project created a harmonious construction phase.
There are many different elements and trades required for a cafe design and fitout. You can read further information about our cafe fitout services by heading over to the page.
Design & documentation – Preparation of concepts, design development and construction drawings to meet Building Code of Australia requirements.
Approvals – Obtaining state & local government approvals including building and occupancy permits.
Building Works – Installation of new plasterboard and glazed partitioning to form the outline interior shape. Facilitation of Corian tree structures including manufacture of internal lighting frames & operable security wall.
Services – Bellfort consultant design and installation of new electrical services including site mains and switchboard upgrade, new lighting, power, security and data services. New plumbing services including coring, underground pipework and commercial kitchen facilities.
Commercial kitchen – New stainless steel benches with integrated sinks, refrigeration, dishwashing, ice maker, display equipment and integrated storage.
Furniture – Installation of custom-designed booth seating. Loose furniture installation including benches, tables and seating. Custom designed joinery integrated with stainless steel benching and back-of-house equipment.
Audio Visual – Installation of video wall facing the atrium with associated equipment and software.
Branding – Customised graphics with installation on glazing, walls, joinery and ceiling. Illuminated signage and POS chalkboard display.
Project Size – 197 sqm
Project Cost – $2,953 sqm
Programme – 12 weeks