Sutton-based Berkeley Projects teamed up with design consultant Humble Arnold Associates and cooking equipment specialist to create an advanced kitchen at a new London five-star hotel.
Completed towards the end of last year, the ‘super boutique’ The Londoner is situated in the heart of the city’s west end, in Leicester Square.
Maximising the value of the location whilst complying with strict planning laws required innovative design solutions and resulted in a spectacular development with the deepest habitable grade commercial grade basement in London.
Amongst the deepest in the world, there are six levels below ground totalling some 30 metres in depth and with nine levels above, housing 350 rooms, 35 suites, an underground pool and spa, cinema and a ballroom capable of seating 850 guests.
To deliver the variety of restaurant and bar options in this luxurious hotel, design consultant Humble Arnold Associates developed a solution that ensured compliance with the highest hygiene standards and that harmoniously incorporates the structural columns within the cooking areas of the building.
Working with distributor Berkeley Projects, they selected equipment from the Ambach System 700, 850 and 900 lines. The appliances were installed over five floors and includes the banqueting and staff kitchen, fine dining front of house as well as satellite kitchens, each with their own unique requirements for bulk cooking, a la carte and finishing.
The foodservice areas had to make the best use of available space and maximise production through high-performance and flexible solutions with both gas and electric equipment. The design also needed to incorporate one-piece top suites, modular back to back islands and also included counter-top appliances for the finishing kitchens.
Berkeley Projects’ MD Phil Denne praised the cooking equipment brand, saying: “Ambach have been nothing but consistent, from design intent, through to design development and delivery. A robust, honest, transparent approach from concept through to completion, inclusive of client handover. An absolute joy and credit to the Berkeley team.”
While the distributor’s lead project manager Connor White added: “Ambach were a pleasure to work with, the attention to detail and approach to coordination were fantastic, the quality of the suites were brilliant. Very hard wearing and easy to use. The chefs are over the moon.”