Chop Bloc

  • Glazed atrium for steak restaurant in Chelmsford


We were approached by restauranteurs Steve and Dave Pattern to create a new high-end steak and burger restaurant and bar based in Chelmsford – Chop Bloc & Bloc Bar.

Our architectural concept for the scheme consisted of linking the two existing grain store buildings with a new stunning glazed atrium complete with an exposed steel staircase and lift, leading patrons into the central hub of the restaurant.


The restaurant is based in an 18th Century Grade II listed former brewer’s building. Our designs, therefore, had to be sensitive to their surroundings, ensuring that we retained the character and incorporated some of the traditional materials of the building, whilst creating a modern environment that sits harmoniously with the high-end produce.


The atrium walls turn to frosted glass and the balustrade of industrial mesh are silhouetted against the glazing. The dining area comprises of exposed walls and ceiling beams and back to back banquette tables that are separated by internally illuminated mesh screens, creating an intimate and welcoming ambience.

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