The Clink at HMP Styal

Wilmslow, Uk

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. This is the first female institution which is to develop a Clink facility.

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Several suppliers have already generously supported the previous Clink projects but Andrew and Elaine approached many who were unaware of the charity’s work and were more than willing to provide their equipment at cost or free of charge. The total equipment kindly provided was in excess of £100,000.00. All contributions will be recognised by being named on a “thank you” board in the restaurant’s entrance lobby as well as on their website.

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As a Professional Member of the Foodservice Consultants Society International Andrew Powis of Sterling Foodservice Design, in Joint Partnership with his wife Elaine, was appointed to design their fine dine catering facilities and non alcoholic bar at this new site.  They regarded it as being a great honour as well as a huge challenge for all those involved in the project.

The chapel is a stunning background but required a large amount of planning to ensure the open plan kitchen and associated services within a limited floor space, including a mezzanine floor with staff facilities, could be accommodated without harming the historic decorative features and mindful of all current legislation.  The open plan kitchen is a signature feature of The Clink’s concept which Sterling further developed into a state of the art facility, utilising their extensive knowledge and experience.  All equipment needed to reflect a modern traditional kitchen operation from goods inward, storage, preparation, cooking and dishwashing so that the inmates would be fully prepared for when they gain employment.

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Sterling specified a LeighTec Systems ventilated ceiling in order to provide an unobstructed view across the heated granite/ambient pass to the focal point of the Nayati one piece top cooking suite which incorporates an oven, pasta cookers, fryers, induction tops and gas hobs. This ceiling accommodates a Fireworks fire suppression system which utilises small unobtrusive nozzles in keeping with the concept.

One of the most important elements was the installation of the drainage channels and roll-grids made by Ado-Metal which are anti skid, anti splash and can be rolled up to be put in the dishwasher for sanitisation.  C & C Catering Equipment Limited were tasked with the supply of the fabricated stainless steel tables, sinks and pass counter to Sterling’s specification and also co-ordinating the majority of equipment deliveries and installation.

All the administration of the project was undertaken by Elaine to enable The Clink to place orders directly with the suppliers and she organised the training programme involving the suppliers in conjunction with the General Manager of Training & Openings which resulted in certificates being issued to the trainees.

Supervising the installation meant attendance at a number of site meetings with the whole employer and contractor teams during the initial enabling works and throughout the fit out period to completion.  This was to ensure that The Clink received the expected standard of installation which Sterling had set.