A new joint venture between contract caterer Chartwells and Hounslow Council is set to lead to a £250,000 investment in a new production kitchen.
The Hounslow-based facility will produce meals for schools in the borough that don’t currently have cooking facilities.
It is hoped that the hub will also become a training centre for students and parents, and support schools in delivering cookery as part of the National Curriculum.
At this stage no word has been given when the project will commence.
However, the size of the investment of the project was revealed this week after Chartwells, the education catering arm of Compass, announced a JV to provide food and caretaking services with the London Borough of Hounslow Council worth an expected £6.1m a year.
The new company will be known as ‘Chartwells, Feeding Futures with London Borough of Hounslow’ and has been awarded a Pan London Framework Agreement — which enables schools and local authorities across London to receive the service — for four years.
Up to 65 primary and special schools in Hounslow, Hillingdon and Ealing will come under this London Framework Agreement from 1 August.
When contacted by Catering Insight this morning, Compass said it didn’t have any further details about the kitchen plans at present.