Gateshead-based dealer, GastroNorth, is in the process of handing over the new catering facilities at Longbenton Community High School in North Tyneside.

The distributor was appointed by construction company Galliford Try to design, supply and install the kitchen and servery areas.

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The scheme includes state of the art equipment and innovations from suppliers such as the Unox ChefTop Mind Maps Plus combination steaming ovens and SpidoCook Contact Grills.

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Other brands and kit specified include Blue Seal, Falcon, Williams Refrigeration and Coldstores, Hobart Warewash, Sammic preparation appliances, Hatco holding cabinets, Mechline hoses, taps, pre rinses and GreasePaks, IMC waste disposal station and E&R Moffat counters.

The counters include a recessed Giorik Pasta Cooker and fabrication from CED Fabrications.

GastroNorth also provided Foster drinking water coolers around the school.

Richard Toye, the distributor’s MD, commented: “The initial consultation with the catering team is vital to ensure the caterers are able to function in a safe and productive environment.

“This kitchen has been bespoke configured and equipped to the requirements of the North Tyneside catering team.

“We offered solutions to their individual operational requirements whilst maintaining some synergy with the other 12 sites in this year’s Priority School Building Programme.

“I am delighted to be working with North Tyneside Council again via Galliford Try after a long break, as this is an area I grew up in and initially worked with extensively as a young designer and project manager when I first entered the industry.”

GastroNorth is also about to carry out extensive catering team training sessions as part of its service.

The school is on course to re-open after its extensive refurbishment in time for the new academic year in September.