Swift finds salvation in cafe outfit

Swift Catering Equipment of Basildon, Essex, has completed a project to design and install the kitchen and front of house servery and back bar for the Legacy Project at nearby Hadleigh Farm.

The Salvation Army will run the cafe and resource centre on the site of the London 2012 Olympic mountain bike track, which will now be open to the public.

Swift was able to issue 3D drawings of both areas to show The Salvation Army how the equipment would look in situ. Sales manager Marion Dale worked together with The Salvation Army on the design.

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The distributor specified Blue Seal stacked convection ovens, a four ring hob with fan assisted oven and a high speed fryer, thus enabling the site to offer fast basic menu items. The remainder of the equipment consisted of a refrigerated counter, commercial dishwasher, fly killer, freezer and refrigeration space.

The custom built extraction system was fitted with tempered supply air, to give a comfortable clean working environment for the catering staff. Swift manufactured the stainless steel wall benches, sink units and extraction canopy that were installed into the kitchen area.

During the project the servery counter evolved from a simple layout to become a larger curved L-shaped unit comprising of two refrigerated multi desks inset into the counter, a dry heat bain marie hot cupboard and gantry, plus ample undercounter storage space.

The back bar counter behind the servery was custom built and included an inset hand basin with an anti-drip area, storage cupboards and a void for an undercounter refrigerator. The top was made to accept a barrista machine, coffee grinder and filter machine.

Misha McDermott, Swift’s CAD designer, reported that the main challenge was to fit all of the equipment and enough working space into the kitchen, which was quite a small area. “The delivery of the equipment into the building was a challenge due to the scenic nature of the site. The servery was delivered in sections due to its size and bulk, as the finished unit is over 7.5 metres long. It was assembled, polished and commissioned once on site,” she said.

The top of the servery counter is curved with a stainless steel tubular tray slide to match the profile. Underneath the curved section the distributor used its in-house plasma cutter to show The Salvation Army shield, fitting LED lights behind the shield. With the use of a controller the lights can continuously change colour, or one particular colour can be selected.

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