Property of the Month: Ryan Soames Engineering delivers comprehensive MEP services for Hutong Restaurant renovation

January 07, 2020 - Owners Developers & Managers

Manhattan, NY Ryan Soames Engineering celebrated the completion of the Hutong Restaurant. The firm delivered comprehensive MEP engineering services on the 16,000 s/f space inside the Bloomberg Building at 731 Lexington Ave. The innovative engineering work for this new, high-end culinary space was led by Ryan Soames principals Paul Soames, Bryan Cotton and Keith Moorhouse, along with project members Ed Kavanagh, Paul Longhurst and Kelly Robinson, associates and engineers at Ryan Soames Engineering. 

With locations in Hong Kong and London, including Hutong’s flagship restaurant in the Shard Building in London’s South Bank, this upscale northern Chinese restaurant was highly anticipated in the U.S. Previously occupied by Le Cirque, the Bloomberg Building space underwent a complete renovation to create a truly unique dining experience that combines the world-renowned Hutong brand with a local feel.

Hutong chose Ryan Soames for the MEP engineering in part because of the MEP firm’s knowledge of both U.S. and U.K. engineering requirements. Hutong’s flagship restaurant is in London and Ryan Soames’ expertise allow the engineers to understand Hutong’s rigorous, U.K.-based design approaches, as well as how to apply them to the U.S. and New York markets. 

“Creating a dynamic Hutong space in New York City was a major goal for our restaurant,” said David Yeo, founder of Aqua Restaurant Group, owner of Hutong Restaurants. “Ryan Soames provided engineering that seamlessly integrated our unique design elements to help us deliver a singular dining experience.”

The Ryan Soames team has extensive experience with restaurants, particularly in New York City, but the restaurant’s location within the Bloomberg Building necessitated a delicate approach that did not disturb the existing architecture and minimized interruptions to the rest of the building and tenants’ operations. The team was careful to ensure that all engineering services were coordinated properly with all stakeholders. The scope of work included providing full mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, as well as energy engineering and consulting services. 

“We congratulate Aqua Restaurant Group on the completion of this landmark restaurant,” said Cotton. “We were honored to have the opportunity to help bring the high standards and unique Hutong brand to fruition in Manhattan.”

Ryan Soames Engineering is a professional consulting engineering firm based in New York City; Point Pleasant and West Orange, N.J.; and Miami, Fla. The firm specializes in MEP engineering and energy conservation with a specific focus on building design, integrated building services, and energy efficient engineering. 

The firm takes pride in their ability to define the scope and goals of projects in the early design stages to ensure the apppropriate procurement route and scope of services is understood by the team. Ryan Soames has experience with working on a wide range of projects types including commercial, cultural, education, environmental, media, hospitality, residential, amongst many others. 

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