With the diverse challenges that distributors can face in designing and installing kitchens, it takes a special firm to balance all the spinning plates simultaneously – and to a first-class standard. Therefore the Catering Insight Distributor of the Year – Project Management award, sponsored by Welbilt, recognises the company that stands out for delivering very special projects.
So the shortlist this year is:
ABDA Creative Design & Build
Northampton-based ABDA’s standout project this year was refurbishing the food preparation space at historic The Arts Club in London’s Mayfair. The kitchen design house was an integral part of the design and catering team involved in the original refurbishment in 2011 and maintained a relationship with the venue. Upon the distributor’s return, it improved the output and functionality of the space, as well as improving the performance and sustainability of the kitchen equipment. The outfit was described as “stress free” by the end user.
C&C Catering Equipment
C&C has had another blockbuster year for projects, with the chief among them being an 18-month scheme at London-based L’oscar hotel. The work at the five-star location in Holborn spanned across the main kitchen, two bar areas, two butler pantries and a staff canteen. Proving it can tackle any size of venue, C&C also recently completed a full turnkey project at The Swan Inn in Marbury, within the distributor’s own county of Cheshire. Earlier in the year, another contract on the Granta Park science estate was its third in the area.
Catering Design Group
CDG has been performing well in the education sector over the past 12 months, earning praise for projects in UWC Atlantic College, south Wales; Birkenhead School; St Columba’s College, St Albans; and Kings Bruton, Somerset. A high profile scheme for Eltham College included works to the kitchen, a dishwash area, a walk-in cold storage area, staff changing area, office, and remodelling the servery and school dining hall. While it also gave the Whitgift School in Croydon the wow factor, converting a shipping container for the dry store.
iFour Hospitality Design
Going into iFour Hospitality Design’s second year, the distributor has got off to a flying start, completing a number of different bar and restaurant projects throughout London, including Mr Foggs, Knightsbridge Park Tower, Mahiki, Elan Cafe and Harvey Nichols. This successful run has seen the business grow by 50% with a continued focus on working with Michelin-starred chefs and emerging operators. Furthermore, Kyle Musk joined iFour earlier this year as project designer, bringing experience from bespoke kitchen manufacturers in London to the table.
Vision Commercial Kitchens
Vision has already been lauded for its project management at this year’s CEDA Grand Prix Awards for the work it carried out on its largest ever scheme, at The Ned Hotel, London. The £3m project involved transforming the former Midland Bank building by designing, supplying and installing a total of 12 restaurants and 12 bars over seven of the 11 floors. Other notable recent projects include The Cat’s Pyjamas and Snowdonia Nurseries, as well as heading international, to the Silver Sands Resort in the West Indies.