Iglu Cold Systems has provided the showpiece element of a new executive buffet area at London’s Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane.
The company worked alongside Rugby-based catering equipment distributor Red Squared and West Sussex foodservice design consultant Edge to create a marble-lined refrigerator for the newly refurbished executive lounge.
The unit had to be constructed in two sections due to its size, with each section weighing some 750kg.
Simon Clements, managing director at Iglu, admits the sheer act of getting the pieces in place presented a logistics challenge for its installation team.
“We had to source a commercial stair walker capable of taking the weight — even then a slow, methodical approach was needed as the marble cladding was very expensive and we could not allow for any breakages due to the site opening in the following days,” he explains.
Clements says it is debatable whether any other manufacturer would have been able to produce such a bespoke piece in the limited timeframe it was afforded.
“The whole project was carried out under extreme pressure,” he says. “Design time had drifted, which led to Iglu only having a very tight window to produce the unit from approved drawing stage. But we took up the challenge, working with the stone company, designer and contractor to deliver the marble unit with days to spare.”
The Grosvenor House contract is one of several high profile dealer jobs that Iglu has been involved with of late.
It recently worked with Essex-based CCE to develop a new bar concept for Cafe a Vin. The venue wanted to be able to display numerous fine wines but serve straight from the cabinet at the perfect drinking temperature.
Iglu built four custom units and an ambient shelving system, meeting the specification for increased storage capacity and enhanced visual display.
The equipment incorporated its unique ‘no dots’ LED lighting and dimmer control, allowing the restaurant to change the ambiance of the bar setting to reflect the mood of the surrounding environment.