Sorrells Complete Prestigious Connaught Hotel Wine Cellar in Record Time

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UK based Sorrells Wine Racks Ltd. have recently completed a full 7,250 bottle wine cellar installation as part of the £1M+ refit of the London Connaught Hotel.

Sorrells Wine Racks have added the Connaught Hotel to its rapidly increasing list of prestigious customers for its wine cellar design and installation service. Sorrells offer a unique range of made-to-measure wine storage solutions manufactured from solid wood. Sorrells were selected by the Connaught because of the quality of the product and their ability to match extremely tight time scales for the cellar completion (less than 5 weeks from concept design to cellar completion!). Sorrells Wine Racks

The Connaught in London's Mayfair is a luxury 5 Star Hotel with a long history and reputation for a special combination of supreme comfort and luxuriant style. The Connaught has recently benefited from a finely-tuned restoration, creating a unique, uncluttered and discreetly grand experience -- resulting in the ultimate London stay for genuine connoisseurs' of luxury.

The Connaught Hotel requirement was quite demanding even by Sorrells' standards because of the space and time limitations. The requirement was for temperature controlled storage for some 7,250 bottles of wine within 2 adjacent irregular shaped rooms with a combined floor space of only 21 sq metres. Additionally it was required that the wine storage be visually impressive with a small tasting station that could be used by guests whilst selecting their wines.

MD Tim Lewis stated "We are a real family business with a lot of combined experience. In these situations everyone just does what has to be done to get the job completed. The bespoke nature of the Sorrells wine racks provides a real benefit in this type of situation. These racks are manufactured to fit the room and this therefore provides the ability to maximise bottle storage capacity. This also inherently provides a solution that is aesthetically complementary to the room."

The Connaught wine cellar designs were made using a 3D CAD system which has been specifically tailored to suit Sorrells' requirements. This generated a 3D model of the cellar and proposed wine storage solution which was then used to enable the client to visualise the proposed designs before any wood was cut.

In order to minimise installation times the vertical members of the racks were prepared in the Sorrells 980 square metre factory in Essex. These were then assembled to the horizontal beams which were cut to suit on site. This method of construction provides the skilled fitters with a degree of freedom to accommodate small variations in room layout from that of the original designs.

The depth of the lower level racking was made to fully accommodate two standard wine bottles end to end so as to protect them from being disturbed by knocking as people walk through. The upper level was made less deep so as to still hold two bottles but with the neck of the front bottle sticking out. This gives a fantastic visual impression as you walk in to the cellar and see 'a wall' of bottles.

Sorrells have provided the Connaught with an impressive 8,000 bottle wine cellar with wall to wall hand crafted hardwood racking complete with tasting station. And this was achieved in less than 5 weeks from initial design concept.

For additional information about wine cellar design and installation services from Sorrells Wine Racks Ltd., contact Tim Lewis or visit Sorrells Wine Racks .

Sorrells Wine Racks Ltd.

Sorrells are the UK's largest supplier of bespoke wine storage solutions for both commercial and residential clients.

Tim Lewis
Managing Director
Sorrells Wine Racks Ltd.
44 (0) 1268 570880


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