Director of Business Development, Middle East
The Local Gems are made up of 7 bespoke food and beverage spaces that are fit out from shell and core:
These restaurants were specifically designed and delivered to house local brands specialising in local delicacies. Each outlet is fine-tuned to creatively display the theme of the cuisine and this is then complimented with bespoke joinery, MEP services, full kitchen fit outs, polished concrete floors and a mix of traditional and contemporary finishes to boast the culture, traditions and widely recognised branding of each restaurant.
Many of the Local Gem shell and core spaces were not designed with F+B in mind. A challenge of ours was bringing the spaces to life and turning them into the works of art they now display. ISG went through a rigorous design process, which enabled us to use many of the aesthetically unpleasing base build shell and core items and develop the site in such a way that these became features within our spaces. Some clad, some decorated and some used to support parts of our fit out.
With the local gems being 7 different spaces spread across the whole of the Expo site, managing the supply chain efficiently became increasingly difficult, especially during peak of delivery. We took it upon ourselves to stand the whole workforce down, three times a week meeting in a centralised location to discuss the challenges and solutions for the coming week. This was a great opportunity to convey site issues and hurdles and brainstorm proactive solutions as a team