The Coalhouse Restaurant, Oxwich Beach

Project: The Coalhouse Restaurant, Oxwich Beach

Kebony has given a new lease of life to the nineteenth century industrial heritage building which houses The Coalhouse Restaurant. A creation from the highly acclaimed designer Susie Atkinsons, the restaurant offers panoramic views of the Three Cliffs Bay and a large sea facing terrace, combining contemporary architectural design and the use of sustainable materials suitable for its seaside position.

Named in the Global Cleantech 100, Kebony was chosen for the cladding of the building as it is an alternative to tropical hardwood that is sustainable, non-toxic, easily-maintained, aesthetic and resistant to decay. The restaurant’s location on the exposed south-west coast meant that the chosen material had to be durable and weather-proof. Indeed, Kebony has equal and often superior qualities to that of tropical hardwoods in this respect, it does not deteriorate in extreme weather conditions but rather will acquire a silver-grey patina which will perfectly compliment the marine setting of the restaurant.

The use of tropical hardwood resources is becoming increasingly unacceptable for regulatory and environmental reasons; a third of the world’s rainforests have disappeared in the last 50 years, a loss of around 6 million hectares a year - equivalent to a quarter of the UK’s landmass. Kebony offers a sustainable and cost-effective solution to the problem as it is created by impregnating softwoods with furfuryl alchohol, a bi-product of agricultural crop waste.

After opening in May 2013, the restaurant was included in the top 20 UK coastal restaurants in The Times and has since become the pride of the town offering a menu of locally-sourced seafood created by head chef Ian Bennet.

Adrian Pye, international sales director for Kebony, said “Kebony is committed to sustainable construction and its utilisation in this project perfectly demonstrates the versatility, durability and environmentally beneficial properties of the wood.”