TV’s ‘Brideshead’ protects its production kitchen

The stately home familiar to millions as the fictional ‘Brideshead’ in TV drama Brideshead Revisited has shored up its catering facilities with the installation of a new fire suppression system.

Castle Howard, an 18th century residence in North Yorkshire, was advised by its insurers to fit the system in its central kitchen, which caters for almost 250,000 visitors a year and supplies food to all of the site’s restaurants and cafe.

The venue installed a solution from Nobel Fire Systems after the manufacturer’s engineers carried out a site survey and proposed a brief that ticked the venue’s criteria for practicality and efficiency combined with aesthetics.

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Nobel says the K-Series fire suppression system meet the appearance and strict hygiene requirements of the Castle Howard kitchen, while their electrical nature system ensures that all circuits can be fully monitored for fault conditions. It claims this provides a “distinct advantage” over other mechanical systems.

Ben Parker, commercial director of Nobel Fire Systems, says that Castle Howard now has full protection to all its cooking appliances and extract canopy through the system.

“Today, the aesthetics of contemporary physical space in commercial kitchens is becoming an increasingly important consideration for owners and designers,” he said. “We believe that it’s therefore imperative that we contribute products that deal with that requirement positively and creatively.”

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