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Solita Prestwich followed in the footsteps of sites at the Northern Quarter and Didsbury when it opened in August 2015. When designing the lighting scheme for the Prestwich site, Solita founder Franco Sotigu came to Chantelle Lighting for inspiration.

The challenge

Solita founder Franco Sotgiu and his business partner Simon Pogsun chose the derelict site of the former Aumbry and Bombay restaurants in Prestwich to house the third restaurant in the Solita chain. The 40,000 square foot building needed a lot of structural work completing and lighting was to be a key part of the design scheme.

 "Whilst we wanted customers to recognise elements of the Solita brand throughout the new site, it was also important that it had its own theme," said Franco Sotgiu.

"Once we stripped back the retaining walls and wall coverings in the two buildings, we decided that we wanted to make a feature of the exposed brickwork, with industrial lighting complemented by an injection of unusual colour."

It was important to have a lighting scheme that complimented these features. 

The Solution

Chantelle's very own Ombre and Lumiere ranges were favorites of Franco's. After arranging a visit to Chantelle's factory and offices in Lancashire, Franco chose Grande from the Lumiere range and also Curve, Sleek and Slim from the Ombre range.

The Lumiere Grande fitting was the perfect solution for lighting the private dining area because of its size and the four feature filament lamps inside the fitting. The Ombre range is unique with its copper and champagne glass and the pendants provide a sleek touch to the urban interior.

 The result

Owner Franco Sotgiu said: "There has been a real buzz about the opening of the Prestwich site and the locals have really got behind us.

"We were working on a really short lead time and Chantelle still managed to provide us with excellent products and service.

"We're thrilled with the overall look of the restaurant and the feedback from the public and on our social media has been fantastic."

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