Introducing Our New Member RoCo, Eco Salon of Northern Ireland
on October 27, 2016
We are very pleased to announce today our new member RoCo, the prestigious and eco-friendly salon of Northern Ireland. Located in Derry (or Londonderry), the second largest city in Northern Ireland and the fourth largest city on the island of Ireland, RoCo is a collection of award winning hairdressers founded by salon owners Ronan Stewart and Connor Grant.
With over 20 years combined experience in the hair industry, working in various parts of the world and in different roles, the duo developed the idea of an Eco salon that would cater to the needs of those passionate about the environment.
RoCo Salon, Derry
RoCo opened their innovative new Salon along Derry's Quay in July 2015. In March 2015 a fire from a neighboring building had caused major damage to their award winning salon forcing them to relocate. Owners Ronan Stewart & Connor Grant decided they would turn a negative in to a positive. They found their ideal premises on the waterfront and spent 4 months converting what was an unused restaurant into a stunning 4000sq ft. Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Luxury Salon.
Reception Desk - Not local but this is a favorite of the Team, probably because of the work they know that went into creating this, beginning with a salvaged 10ft x 3ft stunning piece of Spalted English chestnut wood. This piece was air dried for 4 years. So precious, that it had to be transported from Bristol, England, in a vertical pallet. Beautifully moulded, crafted and lacquered then filled with a sea blue resin to create the most stunning affect, this piece of wood makes the reception area feel alive.
After salvaging a rusted metal sheet from Eglinton, County Derry they used that as the front creating a stunning effect mixing industrial with the natural.
The Work Stations - The team found these old sash windows in a local salvage yard. They had been taken from a pub in County Derry and had lain for over 10 years.
Local carpenter, Todd Gfeller, from Gfeller Specialist Joinery Derry used his vast expertise to strip the frames back, then doubled up and joined them adding mirror glass giving them a whole new life and purpose. Salvaged 30 year old scaffolding planks were cleaned up and added as shelves creating these 16 unique and beautiful Hair-Styling stations.
Work Stations at RoCo Salon
Heating & Lighting - Local heating experts BML measured the potential loss of heat through the 262 metre sq. windows and worked out the BTU's in the building needed to maintain a consistent 70 Fahrenheit temperature with minimal waste. They sourced super-efficient radiators that use minimal fuel with great heat output and strategic placement of radiators to create minimal loss of heat.
Salon lighting is so important, who wants their beautiful blonde looking brassy because of the wrong lighting?
But because lighting is one of the biggest wastes of energy in a salon, the guys approached local lighting expert Paul Howie from TE Howie Lighting which resulted in a full LED refit with a mixture of daylight and warm light in separate areas of the salon to create different atmospheres.
Whilst this meant an initial £8,000 investment in bulbs and fitting, this will reduce the energy output in lighting by 90% and estimate that this will have paid for itself within 2.5 years.
RoCo Salon lighting
Railway Sleepers - The name Derry comes from the original Irish “Doire” which translates as Oak Grove or Oak Wood so it’s entirely fitting that these Irish oak sleepers, which have been salvaged from a yard in County Derry, have been reused to become displays for RoCo's product range.
Railway Sleepers with RoCo's product range
Retail Feature Walls - Haircare is so important to the team at RoCo and they wanted something to make their own range stand out.
The architects from Gradon grasped the concept perfectly and carpenter Todd Gfeller and his team spent weeks hand placing each piece of salvaged wood and offcuts of various timber from the workshop. The result is a stunning fusion of mixed woods which incorporate the following: pitched pine-oak, beech, poplar, scaffold planks, elm and mahogany.
RoCo Salon, Derry
Product Shelving - The shelving behind reception is made of Roof Sarking Boards that were salvaged from a recent refurbishment of Ormiston House, Belfast which was built in 1867 and was once owned by shipbuilder Edward Harland from Harland & Wolff and then became a sister house to Northern Ireland Ireland's government building, Stormont.
You can get the distinct smell of these rich boards as soon as you reach the reception area.
RoCo Salon, Derry
Coffee Lounge / WIFI Area - The furniture used in RoCo's waiting / coffee area was sourced up from various locations. Tables and chairs came from the old Redcastle Hotel & Coachouse in nearby Donegal, whilst the old Chesterfields sofas came from Mid Ulster.
Coffee Area at RoCo Salon
VIP Suite & Academy - On RoCo's mezzanine floor the guys created a relaxing environment with a VIP suite that can cater for up to 10 people, and 5 academy stations used for training students in the RoCo way, with stunning views over the River Foyle.
VIP Suite at RoCo Salon
Make-Up Bar - The Make-up display area was created using salvaged display units that originally came from a jewellery store in Dublin. The Team spruced up 6 units and gave them a modern, distressed look to add to the décor of the salon.
Make-Up Bar at RoCo Salon
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