The Design Process
Our Account Managers specialise in the design and installation of commercial catering equipment across a diverse area of market sectors, meaning that whoever visits your venue is an expert in your particular kitchen’s needs. We work on all kinds of projects – whether it’s a venue being completely refurbished, a new build construction or simply an existing kitchen just wanting rejuvenation, we provide a comprehensive package that aims to make the commercial kitchen design and installation process as straightforward as possible.
First and foremost, we’ll get to know everything we can about the project:
- What kind of venue will the kitchen belong to?
- How many covers are you looking to serve?
- What mealtimes are you catering for?
- What kind of food is the kitchen looking to produce?
- Do you have any brands in mind, or existing kitchen equipment you want to use?
- At what stage is the project currently? Are there any scale drawings of the room?
Upon getting this information, the enquiry will be passed on to a dedicated Account Manager who will progress with the enquiry.
Getting to know you
Our Account Manager will engage with you to discuss the project in more detail and ascertain your goals for the catering operation. This would ideally include a meeting with you and your team preferably viewing your operation.
The purpose of this stage is to gain the detailed information that will be needed for the specification and design of your kitchen, including (but not limited to):
- Catering budgets
- Exact wall dimensions and the floor’s square meterage
- Extraction and power requirements
- Styles of service (e.g. banqueting, self, waiter, assisted)
- Clearing system (trolley by staff, self-clear trolley, mechanised, etc)
We invest heavily in commercial kitchen design software and can receive files in various formats, Autodesk Revit (RVT/IFC), Autodesk AutoCAD (DWG/DWF) and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) meaning we can work alongside your team to develop the catering design with the co-operation of all stakeholders in the project.
Detailed commercial kitchen design
We can work with you from initial concept stage, creating BIM compliant layouts to feed into the main project model and working alongside your team contributing to online build systems.
We can also provide standalone designs with 3D renders and walkthroughs to enable you to fully realise your vision.
We have a wealth previous projects within the commercial catering equipment sector from small restaurants to multi £million hospitals and stadia catering schemes. Our fully qualified staff are aware of the ever-changing rules and regulations of the industry and will guide the commercial kitchen design process in the right direction to ensure all your needs are met. Below is a brief list of just a few of the issues we consider when designing a kitchen for you.
- Goods delivery process and stock rooms/cold rooms etc
- Staff and care facilities
- Dirties return and clean servery routes
- Services entry points
- Cleaning requirements
- Service turnaround times
- Hygiene management and cross contamination avoidance
- Pest control issues
- FM consideration
- Commercial ventilation needs
- Gas Safety
- Any commercial catering equipment energy efficiency requirements
We provide a flexible, comprehensive package that aims to make the process as straightforward as possible.
Before we progress with the commercial kitchen fit-out we undertake a full client liaison process.
We ensure the client – be they a contractor, consultant, architect or end user – understands the design proposal, the budgets and the time frame involved to deliver the project. We listen to, and understand, any alterations required by stakeholders and modify our designs and specification in line with the needs of the project to obtain a fully signed off, compliant, commercial kitchen design ready for the installation phase.
With the design and specification of the project complete we continue to develop construction stage drawings including fully detailed points and services layouts for use by the clients site team throughout the build and fit out phase.
From this point forwards the scheme would be assigned a member of our project management team to work alongside the account manager and co-ordinate the installation phase of the process.
Our team will work with main contractors/architects/site contracts to co-ordinate and plan all element of the installation of kitchen to provide a fully installed, tested and commissioned commercial catering kitchen.