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Queens Foundation College

The project:

Bettaquip were awarded the contract for the design and complete refurbishment of the Kitchen and Servery at Queens Foundation College in Birmingham. This included the fit out of brand new catering equipment together with all building works to transform the catering facility into a modern hygienic facility. The main challenge was one of timescale due to a short lead in period and site time being restricted to five weeks of the summer holiday.

The result:

Bettaquip delivered on their promise to deliver the new state of the art facility in time for the start of the new term despite the setback of losing two weeks of the programme following the discovery of asbestos during the survey prior to the contract start date.

The works involved the total strip out of the existing kitchen equipment, mechanical and electrical supplies. Modifications were made to the walls to enable the Servery to be incorporated into the kitchen space. The wash up area was completely refurbished. New M&E services were run to suit the new layout prior to the installation of Altro Whiterock PVC cladding to the walls, a suspended ceiling and non-slip Altro vinyl floor.

A new central island canopy and extraction system incorporating fresh air input was installed together with a stainless steel service chamber to house the gas, water and electrical supplies for the cooking equipment.

The new open Kitchen is equipped with Electrolux cooking equipment including a 6/GN 1/1 stacked Combination Oven, Bratt Pan, Fryer, 6 Burner Gas Range and Salamander. A dual compartment dual temperature Coldroom suite was installed with remote compressors sited externally.

The bespoke servery was finished with stainless steel top and laminate front panels. It incorporated the hot section for the main meals and hot desserts as well as a chilled section for the cold elements.

The response:

"The work carried out by Bettaquip was to a high and very satisfying standard, Bettaquip certainly know their field of work as they completely transformed our kitchen. We had many meetings with Andy Bettany and his team, who I can only say are extremely helpful and certainly understood our vision, ideas and final goals. With their knowledge and our goals, Bettaquip created a wonderful, flowing, logistical dream of a work place which makes life easier for me and my team in going forward in an ever growing theological college,  

Thank you Bettaquip!"

Daniel Holland (catering manager)