Completion of the Upstairs Bar 4 May 2013
The installation of a lift from the ground to the first floor necessitated not only a redesign of the entrance hall and the office but also the west end of the first floor as the new lift opened behind the original bar counter. Thus the whole bar had to be turned through ninety degrees but gave a unique opportunity to look afresh and make several improvements that have been desirable for a long time..
The design of the bar was controlled by the need to allow wheelchair users of the lift enough room to manoeuvre from the lift without mowing down those at the bar, waiting to be served and that has been achieved by designing a stylish curve which might not have been approved by the original architect, Emberton, but makes good sense and use of the space available.
Then there was the added advantage of having the bar staff there for consulation, as well as being able to create a working space that fitted the individuals.
The whole project took several weeks and I was privileged to watch it take shape. At the time of writing it is almost complete; ‘Tiny’ has a slightly different view to contemplate and the new Endeavour Honours Board has been relocated so that it can be admired without fear of damage.
The lift has been a great success – soon it will no longer be a novelty. Many visitors have asked why didn’t we do this sooner? We all know the answer to that!