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The Background

Ascot racecourse is a British racecourse, located in Ascot, Berkshire, England, which is used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting 13 of Britain's 36 annual Group 1 horse races. The course enjoys close associations with the British Royal Family, being approximately 6 miles from Windsor Castle.

The Challenge

CBS Office Interiors successfully pitched for a CAT B refurbishment of Ascots Racecourse's commercial work space, which is located on the lower ground floor of their Queen Anne building.

During the design refurbishment stage the project expanded to a CAT A refurbishment, as the space hadn't been refitted for many years and was not fit for purpose.

CBS brought in Chantelle Lighting to provide lighting which would complement the wider refurbishment.

CBS had used fabrics and finishes to reflect the elegance and sophistication of the Ascot brand throughout the office; the classic Ascot 'blue' featuring on the walls, picture frames using historic artwork from race days gone by used throughout the space and hat hooks allowing the ladies millinery to classically dress other areas of the space.

The Solution

In order to add a touch of the Royal Ascot gold, we supplied gold single bell shaped pendants for the collaborative area, complemented by teal and white pendants in the same shape. We also supplied 10 grey industrial wall lights with chrome arms for this space and in the vanity room.

The two main meeting rooms, named Estimate (HM the Queen's horse) and Yeats (the only horse to win the Gold Cup 4 times in succession) are finished in a monochromatic style and both feature large images of each horse at Ascot, creating a dramatic and timeless feel. Chantelle Lighting created five gold geometric framed pendants with opal glass globe to hang above the table and a copper angled floor lamp to add mood lighting.

In the reception area hang two geometric Aether pendants in a mink wash finish and above the breakfast bar in the staff canteen hang four geometric pendants with copper wire cages.

The Result

The lighting provided by Chantelle added the perfect final touches to CBS's refurbishment project, ensuring the right 'nods' to the Royal Ascot heritage and a warm, welcoming environment for it staff.

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