Garners hands over landmark project

Garners Food Service Equipment recently handed over one of our largest projects to date – Vision Tameside.

Our work on the Advanced Skills Centre spans over 7,000m2 and is Tameside College’s main culinary campus.

As part of the multi-million pound Vision Tameside Phase 2 development, we created ten specialist catering areas, including two teaching kitchens, a bistro restaurant, fine dining restaurant, specialist cake, chocolate and bakery workrooms as well as countless dry stores, cold rooms and walk-in freezers.

Due to the project’s massive size, both Andy Brown and Jonathan Meats took leadership roles during its course. As Design Lead, Business Development Director Andy Brown headed the pre-installation phase of the project alongside our in-house design team.

Although the project kicked off in 2015, our involvement in Vision Tameside spans over a decade. Andy Brown has seen it move from inception through to handover and couldn’t be happier to see Garners hand over such a prolific venue.

“This project has been in the pipeline for around ten years and it’s great to have everything come together! Knowing that the specification, design, delivery, installation and commissioning of 650+ items in one venue relied on ourselves was quite a load to bear at times but we’ve been happy to work on this project from the start and are now very proud that it’s come off successfully.

“It’s really not that often you get to work on a project of this magnitude, which is why everyone in the office is so happy to see it tied up nicely. So many employees have made a contribution to this massive project so it’s a huge testament to the work a relatively small staff is capable of!”

On the latter half of the project, freshly-appointed Contracts Director (Designate) Jonathan Meats took on the Project Manager role – ensuring that the 652 items of commercial kitchenware were installed effectively and efficiently; even having worked at Garners for 15 years, he still found himself taken aback by the mammoth job ahead.

“I’ve worked on hundreds of education projects but possibly none with the scope of Vision Tameside, and certainly none of its size.

“The breadth of equipment we specified for the job is out of this world – from specialist baking ovens and chocolatier’s moulds to top-of-the-line prep machines and cooklines. We called on all our experience and drew from a great pool of talent we had in the office to ensure fresh eyes and ideas were always on hand.”

It’s without doubt this project couldn’t have gone as smoothly if not for the hard work of the in-house Garners staff, the diligence of the catering engineers and the co-operation of all suppliers involved – we’re extremely proud of this project and all of those whose hard work made it possible!

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