Carford helps the Beeb tune into staff cafes

Carford Group has added the BBC to its list of high profile customers after fitting out a 450-seater dual cafe at the corporation’s new Broadcasting House in London.

The purpose-built Media Cafe and News Cafe overlook the largest newsroom in Europe and provide a comprehensive food and beverage for staff and guests.

As with any large installation, the Dorset-based outfit has to overcome several obstacles during the course of the project, including the redesign of some areas of the kitchen to account for the fact that the services had been installed by the main contractor when the building was being erected.

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Making sure all the equipment was level was also vital as a sloping floor in the kitchen meant the large 20-grid combination ovens had to be corrected with special order parts. This ensured all food produced would come out level and evenly cooked.

Carford says that despite these challenghes it was able to complete the project on time and within the budget in order for the site to be handed back to main contractor Johnson Controls ahead of contract caterer Aramark taking over control the kitchen.

Carford’s Stephen Leeder served as the project sales manager for the job, working closely with the company’s contracts chief David Jackson.

More pictures of the project can be viewed in our exclusive online photo gallery here.

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