The Garrack Hotel & Restaurant is situated high above St Ives in well-tended private gardens within easy reach of the town and its beaches but above the hustle and bustle.
The hotel itself it situated in an elevated position above the town with far reaching sea views, you can see St Ives Bay or the Atlantic Ocean from almost every window.
The Garrack felt that their terrace area which was positioned next to the leisure complex was underused. They wanted people to stay and have a drink after using the pool and sauna, but guests mainly went straight back to their rooms and the main hotel.
With wonderful views, the terrace area was somewhere they felt could be made more inviting and in their eyes was a missed opportunity to increase sales of food & beverage in the leisure complex.
The owner was looking for inspiration and came to Canopies UK, his main idea was to create a space where people could sit outside – Al Fresco style.
Making a canopy that would fit the natural environment of where The Garrack Hotel was located was a challenge to be faced. Most importantly, the terrace area which faced out towards the Atlantic Ocean meant that the chosen canopy had to fit seamlessly.
Consideration was also needed when looking at the existing building, mainly from an install angle and what the structure could accommodate or if it would require extra steelwork to house the canopy. This was all worked out using site specific calculations and designed with the help of Canopies’ in-house structural engineer.
After meeting with the client they decided to opt for Canopies Cantabria product which is part of their outdoor dining range. This is a system that really lends itself to the hospitality market, it’s main selling point is that it allows you to entertain guests in an outside environment 365 days a year.
At the touch of a button you can close and open the roof and the sides – all independently with the total canopy closing in under 60 seconds.
The canopy has been a huge success. They are now serving more food and drink than in the main hotel. Customers are using the leisure facilities and then moving on to the bar and outside terrace area, having a meal whilst enjoying the beautiful views.
Not only has the canopy met the approval of the owner, having met the brief which was set out at the start, but the terrace area has become a venue in its own right, hosting reception and wedding parties for the St Ives community. Added value for the hotel which they were not expecting, they now market the area for just parties.
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