WilcoxBurchmore plays long game for innovative school project

Abingdon School’s catering manager John Marvelly with WilcoxBurchmore MD, Cathy Wilcox.

Ruislip-based distributor WilcoxBurchmore has completed a kitchen project at Abingdon School which involved the biggest dishwasher the firm has yet seen.

The 5.7metre-long Meiko flight machine took much manoeuvring to fit it into place. The existing dishwasher had suffered multiple breakdowns, so replacing it was a key requirement of the initial brief.

However, WilcoxBurchmore reported that further discussion revealed that the damp, humid environment in the dishwasher area resulted in staff getting ‘rained on’ due to poor ventilation, plus an inefficient waste disposal system meant that all waste had to be bagged and collected twice weekly, as well as patched, cracked and dangerous flooring being present throughout the kitchen.

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Therefore as well as installing the huge Meiko warewasher at the boarding school, the distributor incorporated an IMC WastePro unit within the waste disposal track, and asked TrakHupfer to amend the conveyor to accommodate the new equipment. As the area is extremely tight, the design needed absolute precision.

Nationwide Ventilation then helped to resolve the heat and moisture issue in the wash up area which, whilst it would be helped by the new Meiko machine, needed additional extraction.

WilcoxBurchmore reported that the amendment to the ventilation meant the area was well ventilated and, along with the heat recovery properties of the dishwasher, a different experience for the dishwash staff.

MD Cathy Wilcox said: “We were also able to prove that the new machine would actually decrease the electricity used (by heat recovery), the detergent and rinse aid used.”

The Meiko 5.7metre-long flight machine is now installed at Abingdon School.

In addition, the WilcoxBurchmore team stripped the whole kitchen floor, replacing it with Altro flooring, installed a new Frima (Rational) VarioCookingCentre, Rational oven, fridges and refrigerated counters. They also replaced an outdated floor in the servery area with a hard-wearing wood.

Abingdon School’s catering manager John Marvelly commented: “Although we thought we knew what we wanted, WilcoxBurchmore offered options and challenged some of our decisions based on their experiences. They were keen to find solutions that really worked for us.

“An example of their tenacity to resolve a potential problem was in transferring an oven from the main school to the prep school. Although at first glance it looked an impossible task, WilcoxBurchmore found a way.

“The refit has created more space, and we are delighted with the new facilities. Thanks to the Frima we can now provide proper fish and chips. Even executive chef Clive is a convert from his beloved bratt pan.

“Equally important to the installation is the after-care such as training on the equipment, dealing with snagging etc, all of which WilcoxBurchmore handled smoothly.”


One Comment;

  1. cathy wilcox said:

    have to say huge thanks to Meiko, IMC and Trak for their hard work and total attention to detail. Special thanks for Nationwide for their tenacity of getting solutions where none were evident.
    One of my most favourite jobs I’ve ever worked on!



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