Young GastroNorth talent completes first £200,000 project

GastroNorth overcame obstacles with Darlington College’s existing infrastructure to complete the kitchen outfit.GastroNorth overcame obstacles with Darlington College’s existing infrastructure to complete the kitchen outfit.

A young GastroNorth sales and design engineer has completed his first full project for the Gateshead-based distributor.

Simon Neill oversaw the £200,000 scheme at Darlington College, with GastroNorth being approached by Compass Developments on behalf of the college due to its team completing works at the site previously.

After careful planning around the existing mechanical gas and plumbing services on site, plans were approved ready for the GastroNorth installation team accessing site for work commencement in January 2017.

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The team had many obstacles to overcome mainly surrounding existing services, infrastructure and canopy design but thanks to the team’s education sector and refurbishment experience, they were able to take provide solutions without cutting corners.

Neill detailed: “The project was a challenge but our support network and experience enabled us to meet all client requirements in a timely and professional manner, giving the catering team a stunning facility to work with state of the art and modern equipment.”

Bob Vardy, sales director at GastroNorth added: “We are all really impressed with the scheme and Simon’s performance on the project as it’s his first with the company.

“Simon has been responsible for the design, estimating, quoting and project management of Darlington College from start to finish. He has shown great composure and planning skills in overseeing multiple deliveries on site, coordinating sub-contractors and installation planning. He deserves a big pat on the back for his efforts.”

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This was Simon Neill’s first complete project for GastroNorth.

The kitchen features Falcon prime cooking equipment, Williams refrigeration and coldrooms, Rational combination ovens, Hobart compact rack conveyor dishwasher, IMC waste disposal system, Ansul fire suppression, Moffat fabrication and many more brands.

Neil concluded: “This was a special job for me as it’s a sizeable project and my first with the company. It was really great for me personally to handle the enquiry, work through the project drawings and then see the kitchen installed and up and running in a period of 3 months. I’ve worked through many project previously and collaborated with the team, but this is the first of which that I’ve carried through each stage.”

GastroNorth reported that James Butterfield, who heads up the estates and facilities department at the college, was very satisfied with both the first project and this latest one.

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  1. Gary Nunn said:

    A big well done to Simon although not so sure on his choice of combi ovens !
    Seriously, well done Simon and also well done to GastroNorth for encouraging young talent to shine.

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