Lockhart Catering Equipment has completed the supply and installation of a visitor centre cafe at The Kelpies near Falkirk.
The centre is part of The Helix, a £42m project which is regenerating an 800acre park and is co-partnered by Falkirk Council, Falkirk Community Trust and Scottish Canals.
At the heart of the servery area is a bespoke counter supplied by E&R Moffat.
Ceran hobs set into the counter provide hot food stations and, along with the drop-in soup dispenser, are designed to be easy to keep clean.
Two cold displays house sandwich, snacks and pastries behind striking curved glass.
“It was important that the visitor centre fitted into the landscape,” said Ben Mardell, team leader for The Helix at Falkirk Community Trust.
A competition to select the design was won by architects Nicoll Russell from Dundee. The centre’s seeded roof and wood clad walls, both inside and out, have realised the ‘landscape’ vision and the design is carried on into the Moffat servery, which is also wood clad.
The centre currently has 80 covers – in quiet periods it will cater for 150 a day. At busy times, the figures can go up to 600.
“Clearly we need to be able to get people through as quickly as possible, while delivering a quality experience,” commented Mardell. “The Moffat counter plays a huge role in achieving that.”
As well as supplying the counters, Moffat built the fabrication for both the kitchen and servery areas.
“It’s one thing to see the design on paper, where it can look great, it’s another to see it in situ,” said Mardell. “Moffat delivered. Despite the space we have, the Moffat counter works very well indeed and it looks great.”