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:
C&C Catering Equipment
C&C Catering Equipment completed many notable projects in the last 12 months at prestigious locations throughout the UK and beyond. Major clients include a well-known search engine company in Dublin, Ireland; the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in time for the 2019 Wimbledon Championships; and the £300k+ Mamma Mia! The Party scheme at London’s O2 Arena, where the bulk of the works were fitted in just 8 days. Project excellence has been achieved through professional standards and quick turnarounds, including stationing a senior project manager on site every week for almost 6 months at the Ireland-based project.
In the last 12 months, Kent-based KCCJ oversaw the completion of its massive £35m project at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium in north London. 11 years in design, the scheme involved three different architects, with KCCJ spending 2 years managing the project onsite as a shell and core fitout. Noted by the project director of the site as the stand-out contractor, KCCJ was also asked to design, build and install 60 different bars at the stadium complex, equating to three per week, when the football club was concerned that its build company would not be able to complete this in time.
Lakes Catering Maintenance
Lake District-based Lakes Catering Maintenance has continued to corner its local market, delivering a kitchen on time and on budget within a short timeframe for Masterchef Professionals 2018 contestant Oli Martin at Hipping Hall in Cowan Bridge. The firm also helped to transform Grasmere-based hostel The Yan into a boutique hotel, as well as venturing over to the Yorkshire dales to complete a state-of-the-art kitchen within a grade II listed Georgian country house for the Traddock hotel. Industry colleagues praised the dealer’s personable approach and the support and attention to detail provided.
Sprint Group’s philosophy of ensuring customers’ expectations are met, along with delivering their kitchens on time, has remained a major focus for the dealer this year. Much of Sprint’s success in maintaining and growing its sales performance is due to repeat business. This can be highlighted by its relationship with Brassiere Blanc, completing every kitchen install and design for it since Leeds in 2008 to the latest project in Bournemouth. Other notable clients include The Ivy Collection on various nationwide projects including The Brassiere of Light within Selfridges, London; and managing projects nationwide for Burger King and Champneys.
TAG Catering Equipment
Over the last 12 months, TAG has delivered both a larger number of projects and larger scale projects, including its biggest to date. This is in part thanks to increasing the size of its project management team by 100%, and appointing a project warranty and aftercare coordinator. With a client list including luxury hotels and iconic London venues, the distributor has stretched every sinew to go above and beyond the call of duty, always meticulously planning deliveries and fitouts to minimise disruption, including in one case transporting and installing a servery within a 30 minute window.