Inox Equip got the chance to show the fruits of its labour to a member of the Royal Family just recently after Princess Anne dropped in to view a site it has finished work on.
The Princess Royal got a tour of the new £380,000 kitchen at the Union Jack Club, a 220-bed hotel for members of the armed forces and their families situated next to London’s Waterloo Station.
Inox Equip was the only supplier invited to meet with Princess Anne, who was briefed on the kitchen facilities as part of a wider tour of the premises.
Mark Kendall, director of Inox Equip, said her main interest was how you go about designing a commercial kitchen into an existing space.
“What she did say was that it must be relatively straightforward — with experience — to build something on a Greenfield site, but putting in large kitchen area into a busy working hotel must have had its challenges. She was quite interested in how we got round all that, and quite surprised!”
The Union Jack Club previously operated a main kitchen and smaller galley-style kitchen on different floors, but Inox replaced those with a single production facility packed with the latest cooking equipment.
“Our challenge really was to bring both of those kitchens together,” explains Kendall. “It was a very large project over 16 weeks and we basically had to open all the floor up and put in a bulk production kitchen. We knocked out three rooms, took out a lift shaft and did a lot of structural work.”
Key equipment installed in the kitchen included Rational ovens, Bonnet high performance bratt pans and 700 series cooking appliances, Foster refrigeration units, Sammic vac packers and bespoke cold stores.
Princess Anne also got the chance to sample how the hotel is using the equipment to deliver a new menu, taking in a private lunch in a meeting room on the club’s 23rd floor at the end of the tour.