StoneCycling || Nando's Reading Gateway

Sustainable Fit-Out at Nando’s Reading - Gateway

Conscious Design

In partnership with Stac Architecture Ltd. in London, we recently upcycled 1338 kilograms of waste into the beautiful interior walls of Nando’s restaurant at Reading Gateway in England.

STAC Architecture is a company driven to produce site-specific designs with environmental consciousness at heart.

They pride themselves on their unwavering attention to detail – every project receives the utmost attention and the result is a successful design at every scale.

Nando’s is a South African restaurant chain that specialises in Portuguese food, such as peri-peri style chicken dishes. Founded in Johannesburg in 1987, Nando’s operates over 1000 outlets in 35 countries.

Reading Gateway, United Kingdom
Interior Walls


Waste upcycled with this project 1.338 kg
StoneCycling || Nando's Reading Gateway
Credit: Nando’s

Sustainable Fit-Out

Nando’s is determined to move beyond incremental improvements so that it can lead by example when it comes to being a sustainable business.

They recognize that climate change is a very real and very serious issue and understand the role they play in being part of the solution.

Nando’s has always wanted to make sure their restaurants are not just beautiful spaces to be in, but that they also support their local communities and have a minimal impact on the planet. That is why they have introduced a sustainable fit-out guide for all their restaurants, built relationships with local charities and grown the largest collection of South African art in the world!

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Credit: Nando’s

Sustainable Principles

To make sure they are treading as lightly as possible on our planet, Nando’s restaurant designs and construction must be progressively sustainable.

Nando’s Sustainable Fit-Out Guide sets out its sustainability principles when they refurbish or build a new restaurant. It lists certain must-haves, from having recycled content in tiles and using natural fibre insulation, to reusing existing features and ensuring all taps, toilets and flushes are low flow, reducing water usage.

For years, they have only used 100% LED lighting, made sure to re-use timber from construction and invested in specialised equipment to reduce their energy consumption.

The point of developing a restaurant with sustainable features is to test innovation methods and trial sustainable equipment, with a view to rolling these out to more restaurants.

Nando’s buildings are not only beautifully green and sustainable, but they’re also beautiful to look at. Each restaurant is designed individually, using bright, vibrant colours as a celebration of its heritage in Mozambique and South Africa.

To read more about Nando’s Sustainability efforts, please refer to their website >

At StoneCycling, we are happy that our WasteBasedBricks® have been used in Nando’s Reading Gateway and of course we hope to collaborate on even more projects in the future!


StoneCycling || Nando's Reading Gateway
Credit: Nando’s

We’re determined to move beyond incremental improvements so that we can lead by example when it comes to being a sustainable business.


Climate change is a huge issue in the modern world and we’re doing everything we can to lessen our impact and our carbon footprint. We have a big ambition to do even more and are committed to running our restaurants as efficiently as possible.