Inox Equip finds its voice in conference centre project

Inox Equip designed and outfitted the Vox kitchen to manage 900 covers.

Buckingham-based Inox Equip has completed another large scale project, this time for the new Vox Conference Centre in Resorts World Birmingham, part of the NEC campus.

The dealer’s team have been engaged on this project for over 3 years as consultant and fit out contractor, offering advice, support, expertise and formal consultancy in addition to procuring and installing the scheme.

Inox Equip were first approached by MACE, project managers for the NEC’s Groups new venture at Resorts Birmingham in October 2012 to provide consultancy as part of the design team on the scheme.

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Approved as catering consultant in April 2013, Inox worked on the pre-construction phase before being awarded the installation contract by Overbury Construction, the successful contractor, in January 2015 ahead of over 15 other dealers who also tendered.

The design called for a large scale banquet kitchen capable of delivering 900 covers using modern bulk cooking techniques.

Inox delivered this by specifying and installing Rational Combination Ovens (7 x 40 grids, 2 x 20 grids and 1 x 10 grid), bratt pans and fryers from Falcon, bespoke one off hot cupboards designed with the client and over 70 pieces of bespoke fabrication from Bridge.

Hobart provided a heat recovery rack conveyor and flight dishwasher and a utensil washer, while Cabinet Refrigeration and Ice Machines came from Foster Refrigerator.

Bespoke coldstores were provided by Coldplan, consisting of a purpose built blast chiller, two triple compartment rooms, one meat chiller, one general purpose freezer, 1,200metres of refrigeration pipework, 600metres of pipework insulation and 1,400metres of armoured cable.

Britannia supplied UV filtration and extraction canopies with suited service distribution units, mobile and fixed bars came from Proline, and Mechline manufactured the taps, knee operated handwash basins spray arms and grease dosing.

Furthermore, flykillers were from Pelsis, racking was from EAIS, and a temperature monitoring system was provided by Itrackwireless.

The equipment delivery had to be scheduled on a Sunday and was arranged in conjunction with Keith Elkington Transport.

The installation took place over a 4 month period in line with the main contractor programme with first, second and final fix items managed by Inox’s project manager from inception to completion.

The conference centre had its official opening on 11 February.

Inox director Mark Kendall commented: “The project management of this scheme was extremely challenging and through careful planning was executed on time, under budget and was the first facility to be opened in the Resorts World development.”

The project has now been entered into this year’s CEDA Grand Prix Awards.

Kendall added: “This demonstrates and underpins the changing face of our industry with clients wanting to build long and profitable relationships with their nominated supply chains and showcasing what CEDA members bring to the table.”

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