A spectacular new Jamie’s Italian themed restaurant, designed by two 16 year old students from Clacton Coastal Academy, has won this year’s Class Of Your Own challenge. And their work has been applauded by their “client” – Jamie Oliver himself!

The ‘design a restaurant’ challenge was launched in Spring 2016, with the support of the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group. The unique secondary school competition challenged young people to identify an interesting local building, and re-imagine it into a beautiful and functional ‘Jamie’s Italian’.

Combining heritage with a modern twist, students John Haylett and Sam Boone took an iconic Martello Tower situated on the shore of Clacton, and created the ‘Griglia Forte’.
Their remarkable entry led top chef, and Jamie Oliver’s Italian mentor, Gennaro Contaldo to remark: ” I felt at home as soon as I saw it.”

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“I felt at home as soon as I saw it.”

Gennaro Contaldo

Construction professionals in the making…

The boys presented their winning project in person to Design Jamie’s Italian judges, at a special gathering at Jamie’s Italian Piccadilly. The event was hosted by Justin Hardy, Director of Design and Developments, and Gavin Beesley, Construction Project Manager.

john-sam-presentation

John and Sam’s project featured concept designs for the bar, kitchen and dining areas, incorporated a moat and aquaponic technology to grow food on the premises, and harnessed excess energy from the neighbouring hospital.

They clearly demonstrated social, environmental and economic benefits to the local community, leading Gavin Beesley to comment:

“Jamie’s are all about rejuvenation of old buildings; Clacton has excelled at their site selection as well as fully justifying its operation and sustainability. This is a project that they should be immensely proud of and it is clear that a huge amount of work, effort and passion has been applied in order to create this submission.”

Gavin Beesley – Construction Project Manager
Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

When asked what they hoped their restaurant would bring to Clacton, the pair responded with clear warmth for their home town.

“Clacton may not be the best town in England, but it’s our town. We want people to come to Griglia Forte and feel the WOW factor. We want them to want to come back to Clacton.”

John Haylett & Sam Boone
Clacton Coastal Academy DEC Students

Getting a taste for a future in design, engineering & construction…

The boys were treated to a day ‘behind the scenes’ at Jamie’s Italian. The day started with exclusive sneek peek at Jamie’s new restaurants where they discovered how each is conceived, designed, constructed and operated

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Then followed a VIP tour of the Barbecoa Piccadilly construction site, dressed in bespoke Clacton Coastal Academy Jamie’s Italian PPE, where they had the chance to meet the interior design and construction team.

Topping off the day, the boys were shown a special video made by Jamie Oliver himself, personally congratulating the boys for their endeavours.
And it goes without saying, Sam and John earned themselves a fantastic lunch!

“A brilliant design, an absolute pleasure looking through your work. At only 16 years old, you guys are set to do some pretty serious stuff!”
Jamie Oliver

Judge’s Feedback

Justin Hardy - Jamie Oliver Group

“The team have selected a fantastic site with real potential. Their justifications and vision to create a new local and sustainable restaurant idea is a real credit to the team – very talented & immense amount of work created.”

Justin Hardy – Director of Design & Developments
Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

 

Gavin Beesley - Jamie Oliver Group

“Jamie’s are all about rejuvenation of old buildings; Clacton have excelled at their site selection as well as fully justifying its operation and sustainability. This is a project that they should be immensely proud of and it is clear that a huge amount of work, effort and passion has been applied in order to create this submission.”

Gavin Beesley – Construction Project Manager
Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

Susie Rumbold - BIID

“Clacton’s concept boards were outstanding and early ideas for the interior and exterior design were faithfully and consistently communicated through all aspects of the proposal, keeping it very much on brand for Jamie’s Italian.”

Susie Rumbold – President
British Institute of Interior Design

John Field - President CIBSE

“This submission showed very high standards of preparation, research and presentation. The team addressed the brief directly and presented their case in a highly professional way, identifying a very interesting site and addressing all the preparatory aspects of the design.”

John Field – President
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineer

Amanda Clack - RICS

“An outstanding submission that set the bar incredibly high. I really want to go to the restaurant and cannot believe this was done by just two people who are still at school! The analysis of the Location and Community considerations plus the Community Integration were exceptional.”

Amanda Clack – President
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Chris Chivers - CIOB

“The future of the UK construction industry will be in safe hands if can continue to encourage children to produce this excellent standard of design and innovation.”

Chris Chivers – President
Chartered Institute of Building

Gary Mees CIAT

“The team delivered, in a professional manner, a well researched and presented proposal, demonstrating their strategy clearly aligned to the clients brief – a proposal any design team would have been proud to have delivered.”

Gary Mees – President
Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

Chris Williamson - RIBA

“The Clacton team set an incredibly high standard.

A clear winner for consistency and understanding the key issues.”

Chris Williamson – Business Skills Ambassador
Royal Institute of British Architects

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