High Wycombe-based dealer Factory First.com has upgraded an Oxford boarding school’s catering facilities within a tight 2.5 week timetable.
The firm designed, planned and project-managed the job and carried out all the work at The Dragon’s Bardwell Road site, which has a total of 640 day and boarding children.
The Dragon was founded as the Oxford Preparatory School in 1877 by a group of university dons to educate their own children. It has evolved into a modern co-educational school for 850 children aged 4 to 13 based on two sites.
The school wanted to refresh its Prep servery in the Easter holidays and therefore Factory First helped to specify Moffat servery counters, which formed the basis of the installation. All the existing countering was stripped out, the flooring replaced and the walls resurfaced to incorporate the school logo.
“The old servery counters had been in operation for over 15 years and they were in need of a refresh,” said Chris Palmer, catering manager at The Dragon. “The makeover was a great opportunity to give the servery area its own identity as well as a modern look. We worked closely with Factory First to get a bespoke solution that would work best for the school.”
Paul Nannery, MD at Factory First said: “We chose Moffat counters for the job as they fitted our specifications, could easily be assembled into the required configuration and are finished with smart, hard wearing granite work tops and formica wood panelling fronts. We know we can trust Moffat to supply counters built to withstand the demands of school catering, to our exact specifications and most importantly we know they will deliver on time.”
With 300 breakfasts to serve, 1,000 lunches and 300 evening meals the servery area is a busy place. To cope with the numbers passing through at peak times, two identical but separate servery areas were fitted.