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Loughborough College Refectory

The project:

As part of the ongoing refurbishments at Loughborough College, a new student refectory and kitchen needed to be installed.

The result:

For building work to start the old student refectory had to be demolished and resited in the area that used to accommodate the old training kitchens. The new refectory has been turned into a spacious and modern venue meeting the food needs of up to 500 students from 8am through to 8pm every day. The wide variety of courses offered by the college, ranging from sports science and health and beauty to engineering studies means the refectory has to meet the needs of very diverse groups of students. They each expect different things from a meal so the college has to offer a very wide variety of meals.

BETTAquip designed the kitchen and serveries to meet these needs. Primary cooking takes place on a suite of modular Electrolux cooking equipment supported by combi ovens and extensive food preparation areas. Extraction equipment keeps the atmosphere cool and clear of products of combustion with an interlock system ensuring safe working conditions for the staff.

Cold and freezer rooms take care of hygenic food storage and a number of serveries in the refectory present the food in an appetising way in a mixture of hot, cold and ambient display areas. Some menu items are freshly cooked in front of the students from a theatre style cooking station built into the serveries.

The response: 

Steve Collins, Business Manager of Loughborough College:

"The installation is very good and is proving very popular with the students."