Ippudo is a successful brand in Japan with over 80 restaurants, the first of which opened in 1985.
With a desire to take its authentic ’ramen’ to the rest of the world, the first international outlet opened in New York, and their first foray into London.
With this success an expansion plan was put in place and a contractor sought with expertise in restaurant brand roll-outs. With Fileturn’s portfolio and success rate they were appointed to the Canary Wharf site, part of the Crossrail project.
Fileturn’s previous experience working at Canary Wharf proved invaluable, as security is tight and it has more than the usual red tape to wade through.
Ippudo employed the services of a Japan-based designer, and the project drawings had to be interpreted to work with UK building regulations and building materials - all had to be submitted to Canary Wharf management team for approval first.
Progress was slow and the programme tight, and the design changed significantly as the project went along.
None of these challenges are new to Fileturn’s professional team, who are able to adapt quickly to changing situations. Working hours were expanded to cover nights and weekends, and all works were completed within time and on budget.
The client, architect and QS were all impressed with the finished result.