Darwin & Wallace 3rd win at The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

No 29 Power Station West has won the ‘Best Overall UK Bar’ and ‘Best Pub’ categories in this year’s Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.

This is the third win for the collection in the ‘Best Pub’ category, previously awarded to No1a Duke Street (Richmond) and No 197 Chiswick Fire Station (Chiswick), but their first win for ‘Best Overall UK Bar’. Opened in July 2017 in the new Circus West development, adjacent to Battersea Power Station, as with all of the Darwin and Wallace bars, No 29 Power Station West features bespoke design, elegant yet bold interiors which house a carefully curated, seasonal and sustainable drinks and food menu. 

The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards is a prestigious, globally-recognised competition commending and celebrating the best in design and architecture for food and drink serving spaces, from airports to museums to restaurants. 

Now in its tenth year, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards is a globally-recognised competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces. Attended by over 600 of the world’s best designers, architects and hospitality operators, the awards were judged by global design connoisseurs including; Harvey Nichols’ Group Commercial Director, Daniella Rinaldi and the Editor-in-Chief at Harper’s Bazaar Interiors, Rebecca Anne Proctor.  

Mel Marriott, Managing Director, Darwin & Wallace comments on the award wins: 
“We are blown away to have been recognised three years in a row by a panel of international designers and architects for pushing the boundaries of what is expected from pub design and also creating unique spaces.

The wins will serve to drive me and my team to further explore and create unique spaces as we aim to delight our guests with imaginative designs that we hope inspire our guests to choose our bars as the backdrop for their socialising. Needless to say I am immensely proud and also indebted to Lou Davies and Caroline Hunter of Box9 Design.” 

Situated between the iconic Battersea Power Station and Battersea Park, No 29 Power Station West has a stripped back utilitarian feel that rings true to the power stations’ industrial heritage and also references the style of the era which was flamboyant and elegant. With inspiration drawn from both local and worldwide influences, over 100 pieces of hand-picked and crafted furniture, tiles and artwork fill the bar. A bespoke and dynamic Crittall shopfront claims the space and handcrafted, bespoke Bert & May tiles run throughout the downstairs River Bar. 

Lou Davies, Architect, Box 9 comments: “A triple win for best pub and an overall win for best UK bar for such an iconic site at the power station, entirely reflects just how passionate Box 9 and our client Mel are about design.”

Soft furnishings of leathers, velvets and linens fill the space, referencing the glamour of the 1920s period. Blue hues and off-whites lick every corner and faded pinks compliment the bespoke encaustic tiles and wood finishes. Lou Davies of Box 9, the Architect and Designer for the space, created a delicate and seamless environment with subtle nods to Battersea’s industrial history, giving the bar an undeniable charisma. 

The Awards ceremony were held at London's King's Cross in October. Taschen has published a book about the Awards for those who would like to read more.

Fraser Bradshaw