Unique river catering project a record scheme for dealer

Pico Catering Projects has signed off a prestigious kitchen and bar build that marks both its longest-running and largest catering scheme to date.

The Birmingham-based distributor first got involved with plans for the prestigious Stratford Riverside Project last February and handed over the catering facilities two weeks ago following a year-long design, supply and installation programme.

The value of the project exceeded £150,000, making it the largest that the company has delivered since it was formed.

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Riverside is a purpose-built restaurant, bar and conference facility on the banks of the River Avon. It is unique for the fact that it is the largest wooden structure in Europe and is constructed on stilts to counter the risk of flooding.

The low carbon emission building is made predominantly from Russian Spruce, Cedar wood and Zinc, due to their green credentials and hardwearing nature.

“We knew instantly that this was a special project, which would be both challenging and complex due to the innovation designed into the building by Nic Allen, the owner, and the architects,” said Pico’s managing director, Tim Keating. “You only have to look at the building to know that it has unique qualities and attributes.”

Pico concentrated on delivering a robust kitchen that could easily cope with the restaurant, bar and conferencing trade.

Prime cooking equipment installed includes a Mareno range, Lainox combi ovens, Pitco fryers, Lincat chargrill and salamander, and a Moorwood Vulcan range for pan work. Pico also put in a large extraction canopy supported by an Ansul fire protection system.

The warewash area is equipped with Comenda’s AC2 rack machine, while a separate walk-in freezer and chiller gives the operator plenty of cold storage room. Stainless steel fabrication was done by E&R Moffat.

The bar areas, meanwhile, are fitted with Hobart Ecomax glasswashers, an IMC bar tender system, Maidaid ice machines and Husky bottle fridges. A Lincat hot water boiler and two Animo bean to cup coffee machines that Pico exclusively distributes in the UK were also used for the job.

The caterer for Riverside Stratford-upon-Avon is NEC Group-owned Amadeus. It has landed a five-year contract worth £5m to manage the entire catering and event business for the site.

Keating said: “Following staff training on all the equipment, we handed over the kitchen to Amadeus on February 25, a full year from the start of our involvement, which makes this the longest running project for Pico and its biggest at over £150,000. We are excited to see where this leads us and due to our relationship with Amadeus and the NEC Group we are sure there are many more interesting projects on the horizon.”

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