Kitchen house RDA expands higher education presence

Family-run kitchen house Restaurant Design Associates is top of the class after revamping a busy dining space at a North East university.

The Hebburn-based outfit was appointed by Northumbria University to provide a brand new look for Castles Restaurant, one of the university’s main dining spaces for students, staff and visitors, situated within the Ellison Building in the heart of Newcastle city centre.

The 200-seat capacity restaurant on the City Campus sees up to 8,000 people pass through its doors each month during term time.

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RDA, which specialises in the catering, hospitality and retail industries, provided a full turnkey operation including design, procurement and installation as part of the major refurbishment to revitalise the ageing facility.

The university also has a further 16 catering and retail outlets across its City and Coach Lane campuses.

Stephen Rochester, project manager at RDA, said: “At Castles Restaurant, which is such a busy destination throughout the year, we knew the importance of delivering a bright, airy, modern, inviting environment for students to spend time in, and we’re thrilled to see our vision come to fruition.”

RDA also recently completed work at Coventry University, where the team installed Costa Coffee and Starbucks outlets, and the firm is currently working on a range of university catering projects across the UK.

The Northumbria University project is the latest in a line of triumphs for the business, which was set up by directors Roy and Judith Addyman in 2007.

The couple turned over £1m in their first year of business and have since rapidly acquired a range of contracts across the UK, including a continually growing presence in the higher education sector.

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