Flagship 2,200m2, 500-seater restaurant constructed at heart of UK’s busiest building site...

...to meet demanding specification and timescale

Requirement:
McDonald’s wanted to create a building of the highest quality, in an exceptionally tight timescale and within the constraints of the country’s busiest building site.

The 500-seater Millennium Experience restaurant would be the company’s largest restaurant in Western Europe, positioned directly in front of the Millennium Dome. Equivalent in size to eight McDonald’s drive-thru restaurants, this scheme needed to incorporate state-of-the-art technology, including a video wall, digital menu boards, express service lanes and remote drinks stations.

Solution:
This project was the 150th restaurant constructed for McDonalds by the Portakabin Group using the Yorkon building solution – and was by far the most demanding to date.

“The Dome restaurant offered McDonald’s an opportunity unrivalled by any we have faced in 25 years of business in the UK. Visitors to the Dome enjoyed the same high standard menu, quick service and value for money that they expect from McDonald’s, coupled with innovation on all fronts, particularly in design and technology. As our flagship restaurant for the Millennium, it was a perfect match for the Dome experience.”

Barrie Flack, Director of Design for McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd

The restaurant comprises 51 steel-framed modules, which were manufactured off-site in York and delivered to the Dome site. The building arrived with all catering equipment, signage, glazing, heating, plumbing, ventilation, ceramic finishes, joinery and internal walls pre-installed.

The scheme, which was McDonald’s 1,000th restaurant in the UK, was designed to maximise the use of recyclable and environmentally sound materials. The 2,200m2 building also incorporated ten retail units for other sponsors of the Millennium Experience McDonald’s restaurant.

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