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NEC – The Revolution of StrEAT

NEC branded spaces SK Streat Kitchen Hall 3

In the bustling halls of The NEC, Birmingham, Inspired Print Solutions completed a breath-taking project to transform the restaurant in Hall 3.

The world of gastronomy is constantly evolving, with innovative concepts taking centre stage. In keeping with this trend, the project mission was to transition the retail unit from a traditional Italian restaurant to a dynamic, quick-service, industrial street food concept, known as StrEAT Kitchen.

Sustainable options

NEC Group catering has sustainability at its heart and Inspired Print Solutions kept that in mind when actualising this dream. Using CAD cut acrylic, IPS was able to change the colour of the existing lighting without needlessly replacing it. Throughout the project, Inspired Print Solutions used sustainable options wherever possible, such as UPVC free vinyls and recyclable acrylic and metalwork.


The transformation unfolded over a three-week installation period and required the use of specific architectural films to achieve the desired effect. Cover Styl's U10 dark concrete was used to create the industrial ambiance, with VION Dichroic strategically applied to enhance the windows, achieving the dynamic street food theme. The concrete Cover Styl’ is not only visually appealing but also practical, being wipeable and flame-resistant, crucial features for a catering unit.

From the eye-catching wall design printed on aluminium treadplate to the hand-sprayed graffiti oil drum tables, Inspired Print Solutions delivered a concept capturing the theatre and excitement of street food in an exhibition setting.

NEC design by Inspired Print
Design on the wall for NEC by Inspired Print

Paul Romney, Inspired Print Solutions Director said: “This was an exciting brief for us to work on. Having built a strong relationship with the NEC Group over the years we were able to work closely with the creative team, staying true to the design and delivering their concept. Everything you see in StrEAT Kitchen, we made. From the fabrication of the bespoke metal cages to the electrics and the woodwork.”


Street food is synonymous with authentic flavours and the vibrant energy of bustling streets. Inspired Print Solutions worked with the creative minds at the NEC Group to capture that very essence while presenting it in a way that complements the refined ambiance of the NEC. The result? A striking retail space, adaptable for many different street food concepts

NEC branded spaces SK Streat Kitchen Hall 3

Client response

Kane Bridgman, NEC General Manager said: “Our latest StrEAT Kitchen amalgamates street and festival cuisines into a comprehensive outlet. The concept allows us to change and adapt our menus to cater for the diverse customer profiles we see attending shows at the NEC.

“The success of this project is down to the teamwork. Working with IPS meant that we benefited from their creative and practical support as they brought the vision to life.”

The brand-new StrEAT Kitchen launched at the Fleet and Mobility Show Live 2023.

For your next branded space or shop-fit project, get in touch with Inspired Print Solutions.

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