Kitty Hawk Restaurant, London

Room divider curtain creates simple removable partition for busy hospitality space

The Kitty Hawk Restaurant is a thriving restaurant and bar in the heart of London City. Covering both ground floor and basement at 11, 13 & 14 South Place, the restaurant also provides space for private functions and parties.

Waverley were called in to advise on the best solution to create a visual barrier between the main events/function space in the basement and the washroom facilities at the foot of the stairs. This would allow visitors using the washrooms without intruding on private functions.

Room dividers that are cost effective and movable are a common challenge faced by many in the hospitality sector. As demands for multi-purpose space increases, the ability to divide a space quickly without the need for invasive construction work which would put the space out of actions for days/weeks becomes more of a necessity.

The use of curtains as a room divider system is becoming increasingly favoured by fit out contractors, architects and facilities managers. A room can be divided in seconds by simply pulling the curtain across. When not in use they stack back without taking up lots of space or looking out of place. They are a very cost effective solution when compared to moving walls and can be installed very quickly with minimal disruption.

With limitless choices of curtain fabrics, colours and designs, curtains can be used to create an eye catching design statement or to blend in with exiting surroundings. As well as creating a highly effective visual barrier, curtain fabrics will also improve the acoustics with in the building. In restaurants where there is typically a lot of hard surfaces, noise reverberation can be an issue which divider curtains are very effective at addressing.

Waverley supplied and installed a Silent Gliss 6100 cubicle track system powder coated black to blend in with the lighting bars and other services suspended from the ceiling. The track is suspended using the Silent Gliss 6100 suspension rod system. The siliconised nylon runners ensure the full length heavy curtains can be pulled across with ease.

Self-lined curtains (so that the finish was the same on both sides) were made using Edmund Bell Venus fabric. The fabric is fire retardant to BS 5867 and is a dimout quality to give maximum privacy. The extra weight created by self-lining the curtain ensures the curtain hangs straight.

The end result is a highly effective and adaptable means of providing enhanced privacy for guests, that improves their experience and maintains the good reputation of the restaurant.

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