Mansfield Pollard flexes its muscles at the gym

Mansfield Pollard outfitted the ventilation at London’s German Gymnasium.

Commercial kitchen ventilation specialist Mansfield Pollard was appointed to design and install bespoke kitchen canopies at London’s German Gymnasium restaurant in London.

The Grade II listed building, which is situated in the heart of King’s Cross was designed as the first purpose-built gym in England. However it now boasts a ground-floor grand cafe, outdoor terrace, restaurant, bars and private dining spaces, thanks to a £5m investment by restaurant group D&D London.

The complicated design brief specified the retention of the original features such as the vast laminated timber roof trusses and exposed 57ft ceilings which invoke the building’s history, therefore providing supporting steelwork for the canopies wasn’t an option.

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The design, installation and commissioning of the three canopies – the largest of which was a 20m², central island canopy incorporating UV odour reduction filtration – required meticulous planning and coordination between the specialist engineers and designers.

The collaboration has produced a solution which is in harmony with the historic fabric of the building, and provides a safe and comfortable working environment for the kitchen staff.

Andrew Glen, sales and marketing director for Mansfield Pollard said: “We have extensive experience and expertise of designing and installing bespoke products for the most challenging of air management projects.

“The brief for this Grade II Listed building was complex and demanding, but we designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned a solution which exceeded the expectations of our client.”

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