Round the bar at Crewe Hall Hotel
A unique and striking feature of the prestigious Crewe Hall Hotel in Cheshire is a 360° revolving bar, aptly named pr2.
Built by British Turntable Co under contract to John Sisk & Son Ltd, the revolve was specified by architects Hulme Upright Manning when designing for an extension programme to the hotel. The revolving bar is situated at the entrance to the Brasserie, where it adds style and panache to the area as it welcomes guests before they sit down to dine. Although barely perceptible, the movement brings an individual feel to the bar, creating an attractive and contemporary focal point for visitors to the hotel.
Lee Grady of Hulme Upright Manning says, "The bar sets the tone for the whole of the Brasserie area; it blends contemporary styling with traditional sophistication in the old Victorian hall, which has been restored to its former splendour as part of the overall refurbishment of the Hotel. Guests love the exclusivity it brings to the venue."
The revolving bar has the potential to carry up to 50 people at any one time and was developed from British Turntable's annular ring turntable design, which has been used across the world for bars and revolving restaurants. 7.5m in diameter at the outer edge, it is set into a 500mm deep pit, creating the rotating floor area, and has been fitted with variable speed.
With a typical speed of a rotating bar being one revolution every 30 minutes, it can be set at anything from one rev in 15 minutes to one rev in 2 hours, adding an extra something to the drinking experience. Two friction wheel type edge drive assemblies rotate the turntable smoothly around the static service area, and each drive has sufficient power to rotate the unit on its own.
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