You might not expect to find wood flooring in a busy airport, but when Harmsen Tilney Shane were appointed custodian of design consistency across the many and diverse projects at Bristol Airport, timber was an integral part of their designs.

A key part of their remit was to capture a sense of location, and they distilled the essence of the UK’s South West region into a core pallet of finishes, colours and textures, at the same time softening the architecture and bringing more of the outdoors inside to introduce a sense of calm into what is traditionally quite a stressful environment.

Of course, durability and ease of maintenance are crucial in such a volume traffic location, so after identifying one of our character grade, smoked and distressed Henley planks with hand cut bevels as fitting the brief perfectly, Harmsen Tilney Shane visited a Pret a Manger site on London’s Kings Road to confirm its suitability for this testing task.

Bristol Airport

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