Dartford-based distributor KCCJ has completed a project to outfit the dining facilities at the new European headquarters of business media giant, Bloomberg LP.
Working to designs and specifications put forward by consultant Sefton Horn Winch (SHW), KCCJ set about reviewing the design and service requirements in order to install the catering equipment.
Spanning eight working floors, the installation required a main production kitchen, an events pantry, a training room pantry with a breakout area and counter, a back-of-house pantry and array of island beverage units, a finishing pantry which feeds a private dining room and a finishing kitchen for a second large-scale event space.
The new Bloomberg facility is open 24/7 for its 4,000 London-based staff. The main production kitchen is on the sixth-floor ‘pantry’ area, where staff and guests convene to meet, eat, drink and network.
Two of its key features sit outside the main kitchen within the pantry area. KCCJ installed a smart, 15metre ‘drinks wall’ which houses an array of coffee machines, soft-drink dispensers, boiling water taps and milk dispensers and four island beverage units which house iPad-operated coffee machines, hot and cold water and milk dispensers and shelving for an array of healthy snack items.
The production kitchen in the basement services one of two large-scale events spaces, and was fitted out with three Rational combi ovens, a six-ring induction hob with oven, a cook and hold oven, a Henny Penny fryer and a large MKN FlexiChef unit.
The main challenge for KCCJ on the project was working alongside the construction teams and other contractors to a tight timeframe.
The distributor believes its ability to be collaborative and flexible throughout the installation phase to ensure, for example, that the mechanical and electrical services were provided where required, that the equipment was delivered to the right area at the right time, and having the experience to react at a moment’s notice to changes that could have been costly to the client, is where it came into its own.
Bloomberg CEO Michael R. Bloomberg said of the project: “Building the facility in the heart of the City of London – while preserving the ancient artefacts uncovered during excavation – has been a monumental task requiring an extraordinary level of coordination. The project partners’ outstanding efforts made it possible, and I am grateful for everything they did to bring this complex project to life.
“I hope that, in the years to come, they will be proud to tell friends and family that they helped to create a new London icon representing the workplace of the future.”