Scheme built almost entirely during pandemic

US fit-out specialist Structure Tone has completed food marketplace group Eataly’s first outpost in the UK – with the scheme built almost entirely during the covid-19 pandemic.

Structure Tone director Iain Casagranda said the firm had 135 people on the job at peak, with the number averaging 90 throughout the 13-month build programme. 

The new marketplace is within British Land’s 135 Bishopsgate, next door to Liverpool Street station, in the City of London.

Other firms to work on the project included cost consultant Alinea, architect Gensler, project manager Blackburn & Co and M&E consultant Atelier Ten.

Eataly, which stands for Eating Italian, now has 29 restaurants across the world – including 20 in the US and Italy – 14 years after opening its first branch in Turin.

The Bishopsgate branch includes several restaurants, cafes and bars, which will open over the next few weeks in line with the easing of government restrictions imposed following the pandemic.

Structure Tone, which has worked on several Eataly restaurants, is wrapping up work on another scheme for the chain in Dallas, Texas.