CaterQuip chills National Trust landmark

CaterQuip Foodservice Equipment has completed a kitchen refrigeration installation at National Trust site Cragside, near Rothbury, Northumberland.

The property was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectric power. “It’s not every day that you asked to provide a cold room solution for one of the UK’s most famous landmarks,” said CaterQuip MD Howard Kell.

The Blyth-based distributor was approached by the National Trust last July to provide a solution. The workscope for the country lodge included providing freezer and chill cold rooms with additional gas works and ventilation interlocking for the main cook line.

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Kell added: “It was a no-brainer to work with our German cold room partner Celltherm for a high quality coldroom solution. We have worked with James Connolly and the Celltherm product for over 15 years and we were delighted with their recent installation at Harry’s Bar, previously mentioned in Catering Insight last year.”

With the property being grade II listed, Cater Quip was restricted to a straightforward installation of the coldrooms, otherwise the routing of electrical cables and refrigeration pipework would have been difficult without compromising regulations.

The cold room was specified as being 3.0m x 3.3m, and included within were full racking, strip curtains and LED lighting, along with infills fitted above.

During October 2014 the distributor submitted a detailed proposal for all the works to be completed, and approval was granted by National Trust in November. The project was completed while the site was closed during 2 weeks in January, with product commissioning and training taking place during the week commencing 20 January.

Lee Davidson, food and beverage manager for Cragside, detailed: “There has been a growing need for increased storage capacity at Cragside House over the last number of years and this investment was the next logical step to provide much needed facilities at one of the UK’s most remote and beautiful National Trust properties. I had no hesitation in appointing CaterQuip to complete the works to a professional high standard.”

The project was completed on time and on budget, which Kell hopes will lead to another large National Trust project with cold rooms by CaterQuip’s partner, Celltherm.

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