ER Moffat has delivered a series of counters for use in the conference and convention suites of upmarket hotel resort Celtic Manor.
The Welsh hotel is renowned for its striking architecture and decor, which meant that Moffat had to create units that blended in with the existing surroundings.
The manufacturer worked with Pontypridd-based Catertech Services to deliver on a brief that involved developing counter units that were luxurious and opulent, but discreet as well.
Catertech’s Alun Cole said: “The project was to create a catering suite where conference or convention guests could come for meals and breaks. As well as the main conference hall, the resort has 20 smaller meeting rooms that were catered for individually, which was complicated and tied up too many staff. The new catering suite gives a choice, so the hotel can offer a group individual service or multiple groups can take refreshment breaks and meals collectively.”
The counter tops have been manufactured to look like a solid block of granite, while the use of LED lighting offers clear but discreet illumination by hitting the front laminated panels in a way that creates an optical illusion that the facia is bevelled.
Hot plates and refrigerated drop-ins fit flush with the surface, while storage areas are contained underneath the counters to accommodate roll-in hot cupboards and refrigerators.
The large island counter in the centre of the suite is mobile, so that it can be moved out of the way when the room is required for other events.
Moffat says that a number of its ‘green’ technologies feature on the Celtic Manor counters. The LED lighting is cool, so the counters’ refrigerated sections don’t have to work against it as they would with conventional lighting. Similarly, the hot cupboards use Moffat’s Sahara multi-fan system, which saves energy by heating more efficiently. Moffat claims it is up to 50% faster than conventional elements.