Location: Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Space: Hair salon
Flooring: Chepstow Rustic Oak Lacquered
Established in 2001 with locations in London and the home counties, The Chapel hair salons offer a unique experience in inspiring surroundings whilst providing a warm welcome for all. Some of their spaces include the founding, Baptist chapel in Tunbridge Wells, along with a Victorian pub in Islington and an old school house in Sevenoaks. No two salons are the same.
Situated on the Thames, between rich meadows of the river valley and alongside vast woodlands of the Chiltern Hills, lies one of The Chapel’s most unique spaces to date – a former Church of the Holy Trinity in Marlow.
It took five years for Co-founders Amanda and Toby to find their perfect Marlow location. Yet, the search was complete as soon as they stepped inside the building. With towering stained glass windows and enormous, original stone walls, this grade II listed Victorian masterpiece was exactly what they were looking for. Inside, they could create the unique aesthetic and intangible feeling that makes The Chapel different.
“We haven’t chosen it because it’s grand, what we do as a team we can anywhere, we chose it because of the peacefulness and tranquillity. It’s not going to be a showcase of how beautiful we can make an interior. We’re going to grow into it, into the building space as our team and the community evolves together over time.” – Amanda, Co-founder
Renovations started in early September 2018 and finished at the end of November in a quick 12-week turnaround. With most of the building’s traditional features preserved, work focused on transforming the space from 80s style offices into a luxurious environment for customers to enjoy.
Partition walls were removed, along with old facilities and carpet tiles. As underfloor heating (UFH) was already installed, the plan was to preserve this and lay a compatible wood floor.
Chepstow Rustic Oak Lacquered was chosen for its natural colour, traditional look and superior quality. With a 21mm thickness, the engineered wood boards provide excellent stability and an even heat transfer with the UFH. 5 layers of UV cured lacquer add a highly resilient finish in this demanding environment. And with a 6mm oak wear layer, there’s the flexibility to sand back and refinish many times, giving extensive longevity to the flooring.
The boards were stuck down to the existing screed using Woodpecker primer and adhesive – a flexible glue that accommodates the natural expansion and contraction in wood for enduring stability with UFH.
“We wanted a floor with a good layer of solid oak that we’d be able to sand back and refinish multiple times, along with a hardwearing lacquered finish. With 6mm of oak, Chepstow gave us the thickness and durability we were looking for. It’s in-keeping with the building’s traditional aesthetics and brings a gorgeous warmth to the space whilst also feeling contemporary and new.” – Toby, Co-founder
Rustic Oak is used everywhere in the customer-facing areas of the salon, capturing a seamless consistency throughout the open plan. Combined with the creams, soft pinks and neutral colours of the décor, the effect is warm and welcoming – perfectly fitting The Chapel’s ambience.
“Buying from Woodpecker was a seamless, easy experience. The sales rep helped to arrange everything through Lawsons – a merchant we’d already worked with on another project and found great too. We’re so pleased with Woodpecker that we’ve already installed more of this flooring in another of our salons, and are doing the upper floors of the Trinity Church in the near future.” – Toby, Co-founder