The latest Haz Restaurant situated on Mincing Lane just off Fenchurch St in the heart of the city of London, is a fine example of a modern venue deserving of a high-quality sound system to enhance and complement the stylish interior. Located on the ground floor of the Plantation Place building, the restaurant’s long glass frontage creates a light and airy space, perfect for enjoying the excellent cuisine.
Bose Pro Partner, AV Systems, worked closely with the restaurant’s design team, I-AM, to ensure that the chosen speakers not only sounded good, but fitted discreetly into the mix of crystal chandeliers and unique wooden slatted ceilings. A fully concealed Bose FreeSpace 3 system consisting of 24 satellite cube speakers and 6 sub bass units was installed inside the composite ceiling finish, above the line of sight. It is driven from a dedicated AV rack containing a Bose PowerMatch 8500N amplifier, and Bose ControlSpace ESP 880 processor. The system delivers a warm and inviting ambience during the day, and at night it can be turned up to create a more vibrant atmosphere.
Even in the restroom areas, there are quality Bose DS40 speakers to maintain the atmosphere, and the whole system is easily controlled by staff from a CC64 interface at the reception desk.
Haz Restaurants have been favourite haunts for city workers for over 16 years, and Plantation Place is the fifth to open in the City of London. With 140 covers, and a bar area for those just looking for a drink after work, the restaurant offers modern Turkish & Mediterranean cuisine from a well thought out and varied menu.
According to co-owner, Zafer Cicek, the sound enhances the ambience whatever the time of day. “We could not be happier with the result. I have worked with Adam from AV Systems on a previous Haz project near St Pauls, and he understands exactly what is required. The team at I-AM design love working with him as he is able to fully complement their design, ensuring that the system design meets their high standards.”
Adam Florio of AV Systems also enjoyed working on the project. “It’s great to work with Zafer as he appreciates high quality sound. From an audio perspective, the design brief was for the system to blend with the contemporary yet luxurious feel of the restaurant, but to achieve this result in a way that was completely visually non impacting, so Bose FreeSpace 3 was the obvious choice. The sound level goes above and beyond the standard specification for a restaurant of this size, with excellent vocal intelligibility and flawless coverage throughout the venue. Perfect for a lunchtime meeting or after work dinner. When the system is cranked up a little, it can provide entertainment as well as ambience.”