Ambach details HK’s Cats College project


More details have emerged about HK Foodservice Architecture’s recent project at Cats College Cambridge, following news that the new kitchen there is the first in the UK to feature the Enviropure waste elimination system, supplied by First Choice Environmental Solutions.

The college’s Elizabeth House residence needed to develop its catering offering to meet the demands of students with widely differing dietary needs and habits from every part of the globe. The equipment required also had to guarantee high productivity and speed in preparing meals (up to 700 covers a day), as well as low energy consumption to limit running costs.

Therefore, the end user first contacted HK in 2012 to design and supply the equipment, with renovation beginning in 2014 and being completed this year.

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The work team had to take into account a series of critical architectural features including the pillars of the building, positioned at critical points in the kitchen. It was also necessary to create a separate structure for use by students in home economics courses.

HK therefore chose the Ambach System 700 DS line suite to solve the problem of avoiding the load-bearing columns. The 700 line allows cleaning from both sides, which is said to facilitate operations.

Furthermore, the first Ambach IQ900 multifunctional cooker in the UK was installed in Elizabeth House. The multipurpose bratt pan is said to be suitable for structures such as canteens which have to handle a large number of covers in a short time and confined spaces, while maintaining a constant level of quality.

The kitchen, completely custom-designed, includes electrical equipment, induction hobs, a fryer and a plancha to reduce electrical consumption and related running costs.

Ambach reported that the joint work amongst architects, chefs and technicians was carried out with the aim of listening to the college to fully understand its needs and objectives. “Through dialogue, meetings and a constant exchange of ideas among all parties involved in the project, Elizabeth House reopened 3 months earlier than the estimated date,” it stated.

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