Solihull-based distributor Bournville Catering Equipment has completed a high profile project in every sense of the word, as it had to crane in equipment for the well known Simpsons restaurant in Birmingham.
The Michelin star establishment, owned by Andreas Antona, wanted to refurbish its cookery school on the first floor of its building, but the access to the site was very difficult.
Previously the school outfit featured high end domestic appliances, but Antona wanted to have more of a commercial kitchen environment, so he sat down with Bournville MD John McEvoy to discuss his requirements.
“Andreas was keen to use a local company and our office is based only 5 miles away from his restaurant,” detailed McEvoy. “Andreas also wanted to use as much UK manufactured equipment as possible; that was very important to him and the main bulk of the equipment was made in the UK.”
Therefore the two firms worked together to specify two induction suites, with Bournville also providing the fabrication and extraction.
The cooking/induction suites were UK made, with the refrigeration, the extraction canopy and the back bar unit all constructed in Birmingham.
Simpsons employed a building contractor to carry out floors, ceiling and services works, while Bournville supplied and installed the catering items and worked closely with the contractor.
As the there was restricted access to the first floor site, McEvoy reported: “The access was a challenge and working with the builder we took the equipment on to a platform and it went in through a removed first floor window. Fortunately the day we did the job the weather was dry and warm.”
Specified equipment included a Rational XS combi oven, two LEC double bottle coolers, Williams refrigeration and Maidaid supplied the glasswasher, dishwasher and ice machine.