Bournemouth Uni plans catering revamp

Bournemouth University today confirmed plans to expand its catering operations after extending its tie-up with caterer Chartwells by a further 10 years.

The new deal, worth more than £23m in total, will kick off in September, with the Compass-owned business providing food and hospitality services to more than 18,000 students and 1,700 staff at both of the university’s campuses.

And the university revealed that “ambitious plans” are in place to further enhance the student experience and to transform the existing dining and cafe environments it operates.

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“Development plans also include the creation of exciting outside eateries with a focus on Fairtrade produce and ethnic street style cuisine as well as the development of several new outlets in BU’s Fusion one building, which is due to open on campus in 2016,” it said in an announcement.

Stuart Laird, director of estates at Bournemouth University, said that given the plans to improve its catering infrastructure, it was essential that it picked the right catering partner.

“BU has set out on a journey of investment and development over the next five years at both the Talbot and Lansdowne Campuses” he commented. “We needed to be confident that catering services will continue to evolve and that our catering partner will adapt and respond accordingly.”

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