Howell Cummings Catering Equipment has commenced kitchen installation work on a building project that has being billed as one of the most sustainable in the UK.
The five-part catering contract that Howell Cummings secured at Liverpool University will see it work closely with Ocon Construction to complete the project by June in time for the 2012/2013 intake of students.
The Spennymoor-based company has been commissioned to design, supply and install catering equipment for the five key areas that the catering element of the project has been split into.
The first area consists of the main kitchen, which provides a bespoke back of house kitchen where the majority of preparation and cooking will take place. The design takes into account the proposed building structure and the limitations of floor to ceiling heights relating to coordinating services installations.
Howell Cummings will also install the main restaurant server, which is constructed in an oval counter configuration adjacent to the main ground floor kitchen. It is designed to cope with the busy university requirements of a 250-seat restaurant preparing and serving throughout a busy daily schedule. This area also includes a separate cooking display area.
Additionally, the firm will also deliver a wash area containing the latest appliance technology alongside a DDA compliant motorised Hi-Lo Tray Racking collection facility servicing the busy dish wash facility.
The remaining two areas of the project involve a bespoke cafe area providing a separate refreshment facility to the main restaurant and a mezzanine level servery designed for catering during conferences and corporate events.
The overall building project, which also includes the construction of more than 700 student accommodation units, includes features such as a grey water system to provide water for toilet flushing, LED lighting for common areas, air source heat pumps, brown and green roofs and solar-thermal heating.