KCCJ transforms Welsh nursing home’s catering areas

KCCJ completed this kitchen project for Ty Iscoed Nursing Home a day early and within budget.

As part of a 3-year framework contract with Caerphilly Council, KCCJ has completed a kitchen refurbishment project at the Ty Iscoed Nursing Home in Newbridge.

The Kent distributor’s brief was to carry out a complete refurbishment of the residential care home kitchen whilst acting as both the principal designer and the main contractor.

Both the equipment and the layout of the kitchen, which operates 24/7, providing a wide range of meals for more than 40 residents, were outdated and in need of modernising. Therefore the primary objectives of the work were to improve the design by creating a more logical workflow and to incorporate modern, energy efficient equipment better suited to the current demands of the kitchen.

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The first stage of this work was to remove all of the existing equipment, strip out the ceiling and lights, remove the existing wall tiles and lift the floor coverings. Normally this would be a relatively straightforward process, but KCCJ discovered that there was asbestos present in the floor ducts. However, as a number of team members had undergone UKATA Cat B asbestos training, its removal didn’t delay the project too much.

As Ty Iscoed is situated down a very narrow lane that makes access for large commercial vehicles impossible, a meals-on-wheels service was put in place during the works. The access restrictions also meant that getting equipment and materials to and from the site was a challenge and that deliveries had to be very carefully co-ordinated in order to avoid congestion, delays and disruption to the normal operation of the nursing home.

Once the strip-out had been completed, KCCJ outfitted the first stages of the new kitchen by installing hygienic wall cladding, anti-slip flooring, a hygienic ceiling grid with new lights and a fire suppression system. In addition, new electrical and mechanical services were installed throughout the kitchen. The fitting of the new ventilation canopy resulted in one final twist of the tail as it emerged that the old canopy had been hiding a service pipe and so the new one had to be adapted on-site.

The main prime cooking equipment comprised a Falcon oven, grill and fryers, as well as a Rational combi oven. Refrigeration was provided by Foster, with sister company Hobart supplying the warewashing provision. Mechline and ER Moffat were also suppliers on this project.

KCCJ reported the scheme was handed over a day early and within budget.

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