Housed within two conjoined historic buildings on Nethergate, at the heart of the Scottish city’s retail and entertainment district, BuckleyGrayYeoman’s design of the 100 cover Nando’s restaurant restores period features and makes bold additions to create a colourful, contemporary space that is unmistakably Nando’s.
A key design challenge for the restaurant was merging the architectural identity of the Grade II listed Victorian building that makes up the front portion of the restaurant with the industrial character of the adjoining 1920s warehouse to the rear.
A capacious double height area has been created with an exposed timber roof and structural steelwork emphasising the spatial qualities and industrial character of the building. These newly restored details have been given a playful overhaul, taking centre-stage in an interior design that expresses the vibrancy of the Nando’s brand through an eclectic palette of materials and colour.
A 40ft shipping container houses the kitchen at the heart of the restaurant, referencing the roots of the Nando’s brand in South Africa, where shipping containers are commonly used as spaces for restaurants and shops.