Bristol dealer buoyed by spike in local schemes


Bristol-based catering equipment distributor QCM Equipment insists a string of recent project successes reaffirms its belief that a localised approach to business mixed with a focus on key suppliers creates a winning result.

The company has just completed turnkey projects for the University of Bristol, with refurbishments of kitchens at Wills Hall and Clifton Hill House. New ventilation systems and service spines, as well as new suspended ceilings, Altro flooring and hygienic wall cladding were installed during the scheme.

Other projects included a kitchen refurbishment for Leonard Cheshire Care near Chippenham in a unique Grade-1 listed building. In addition to new kitchen equipment, QCM provided a ventilation system, gas safety interlock, Altro flooring, internal walls and suspended ceiling.

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Tight project management kept the duration of the job to less than three weeks from initial strip-out to handover to minimise disruption to the residents.

A more unusual job was the supply and installation of equipment for Yeo Valley — the organic dairy famous for its yogurts and associated TV advertising campaign.

It recently refurbished the staff dining area at its head office and QCM sourced specialist Hatco hot holding equipment which was air-freighted from the US, and built into purpose-made joinery.

It also supplied a bespoke wall of chilled/frozen display cabinets manufactured in Finland by Norpe, with remote refrigeration plant.

These were colour coordinated to suit the room décor, and now give Yeo Valley the opportunity to display their full range of products in a realistic retail environment — particularly valuable in showing the major supermarkets how their products will appear ‘in store’.

Gerry Oakley, director of QCM Equipment, said: “All of these jobs created their particular challenges — notably working against very tight timescales, but with such an experienced team we were able to complete on time and within the agreed costs. In the case of the Yeo Valley project, our ability to source unusual equipment from across the globe to meet the most demanding of design briefs yet again proves the benefit of dealing with a good local expert!”

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