Hampshire-based HCE Foodservice Equipment has completed a kitchen design and installation project at North East Surrey College of Technology (Nescot) College.

The dealer was recommended following works previously carried out at Worthing College back in 2013.

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The new requirement was to carry out a total refurbishment of two training kitchens on the second floor of the building, and a new training kitchen/part DDA-compliant facility located in a new area on the ground floor.

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Nescot’s brief was to create a bright ‘stainless steel’ facility that would be visually attractive, yet both functional and able to accommodate 20 students plus a main demonstration feature for the lecturer.

HCE set to work undertaking the complete civils and equipment package.

Everything existing was stripped out and totally re-modelled from floor to ceiling, including the provision of new hygienically-clad foodsafe walls, false ceilings, lighting, mechanical and electrical services including a new mains electrical supply, ventilation systems, air conditioning, kitchen equipment right down to the light equipment utensils required for each of the students.

The college was to remain open during the majority of the works so HCE had to plan a careful and safe logistical programme.

In addition, due to the age of the building, it also had to undertake asbestos checks and, as a result, arrange for the safe removal of this over the college Christmas break.

In the early stages of design an all-electric layout was preferred, however, following HCE’s site survey and assessments on the available power for the three kitchens, it had to alter its original design to incorporate a large number of gas items to lower the electrical consumption to ensure adequate power was available.