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Woodlands Quaker Home

The project:

Complete refurbishment of the kitchen in a Care Home housed in a historic building in Wolverhampton to improve work flow and efficiency.

The result:

Woodlands Quaker Home is a non-profit home for older people owned and managed by The Society of Friends (Quakers). The main house, with 35 residents, is a Victorian listed building and has served as a residential home since 1945. In addition there are 25 warden-assisted flats in the grounds and a 9-bedroomed self-contained unit for residents who have severe dementia. The home takes pride in the quality of food it offers residents with emphasis on seasonal produce, which is locally sourced and freshly produced each day.  

The project involved the total strip out of the existing kitchen and services and a redesign to incorporate a more ergonomic work flow. It had to be business as usual during the refit so PKL provided a temporary mobile kitchen and Bettaquip provided a covered 12metre covered raised walkway to link to the dining room .

Work began with all M&E services being stripped back to source and re-installed to meet the new layout requirements and all surfaces were clad to meet the highest hygiene standards. UPVC wall cladding was fitted to the walls with non-slip Altro safety flooring with coved skirting and a Danotile demountable T-Grid suspended ceiling system. New energy efficient lighting was installed to dramatically improve the working environment. Flush mounted LED light panels deliver a uniform cool white light across the whole of its surface and its high level of efficiency (100lm/W) offers savings in running cost against both traditional and many other LED panels.

The fit out comprised a mixture of existing and new catering equipment together with a new wall mounted extraction canopy.

All work was completed in just 4 weeks, cutting a complete week from the agreed programme. This enabled the staff to occupy the new facility in good time to ensure a smooth operational transition from the temporary facility.

The response:

Beverley Price, Care Home Manager, was delighted with the workmanship and attitude of the Bettaquip team who ensured all works were completed on time to a very high standard with minimum disruption to residents and staff.