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After successfully launching The Pit in Leeds city centre in 2013, Arc Inspirations began rolling out the concept. Following the transformation of The Hub in Chapel Allerton, Harrogate and Headingly became the latest locations to welcome The Pit.

The Challenge

The Headingly and Harrogate locations posed two different challenges. The Pit in Harrogate was in the newly reconstructed Harrogate House, made up of a main bar, created from sheared concrete, a dining area and two private dining rooms. The upstairs area also has two table tennis tables and table football.

The Pit in Headingly was to take over the basement of the Trio Bar and Grill, a venue opened by Arc Inspirations over 10 years ago. Despite being a smaller venue, it features a concrete bar and has the same pared-down urban style as the other bars.

The Solution

Working on the Pit Bar projects, KPP Architects along with Caulder Moore Designwere tasked with creating atmospheric post- industrial chic bars. To achieve this, materials such as rough concrete pillars, air conditioning ducting, steel and metal factory lights were used and the lighting was equally important.

Richard Lockley from KPP Architects said:

"Chantelle Lighting's design team have worked on a vast range of industrial themed projects in the leisure industry and we knew they would interpret our brief perfectly. Reclaimed pipework, hanging filament pendants and conduit wall lights all combine to create the perfect atmosphere in the individual venues."

The Result

Arc Inspirations wanted to produce an architecturally stimulating design that created a fun and relaxed atmosphere for customers. The post-industrial look of all the bars has achieved this, with the lighting playing a key part in creating the perfect ambience for customers.

"The Pit is a fantastic concept, and our customers love it," added Arc Inspirations' managing director Martin Wolstencroft. "Arc Inspirations is passionate about getting all elements of the venue absolutely right to keep our customers happy, and we are confident that we have achieved this." 

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