A central Cook & Freeze operation for 3,000 meals per day with fourteen days storage capacity of 42,000 meals required meticulous planning as all the fresh ingredients are stored and prepared on site under the strictest hygiene controls.
The £64 million Campus provides an exceptional working environment and our involvement was to design a training kitchen including a bakery facility, production kitchen with ethnic cooking equipment, restaurant with bar, refectory, shop, staff tea points, hairdressing laundry, creche catering facilities and all ancillary support areas.
One million Euros was invested in the catering facilities and the project took about 18 months to complete. There are temperature controlled separate food preparation areas in the basement where the prepared food is sent on trolleys via a food lift to the kitchen upstairs for cooking, portioning, plating and serving.
The Clink is a charity which establishes a commercial kitchen and restaurant either within the prison or separate as with this de-consecrated 100 year old chapel at HMP Styal, whereby selected inmates are professionally trained to cook for or serve the customers with the goal of acquiring educational qualifications.
The Grade 1 Listed building required a servery to be located in one of their magnificent rooms and, through intensive consultation with the catering staff and school management, the Garter Room was chosen.
Modernising and rationalising the kitchen facilities, which dated from the 1900s, meant adhering to the strict Historic Scotland regulations and involved retaining and encasing the tiled walls and floor and other features and finishes.
The brief was to include a dining-in and takeaway service from the Refectory, known as The Hub, for 1,000 students, corporate hospitality for 400 with several functions taking place at the same time, a Coffee & Deli servery, and a separate dining facility on the lower floor for 300 summer language students or private use within the existing refurbished building.
Located in a regenerated area on the outskirts of Glasgow the new £14 million Campus needed to provide kitchen, restaurant and bar training facilities for 16 full time students and encompass an energy efficient approach.