Catering Design Group (CDG) has completed one of its most ambitious projects yet after installing the catering and hospitality facilities over five storeys at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) new home.
The RCGP recently moved to a new Grade II listed building in London’s Euston Square and as part of a £22m building refurbishment project it ordered the design and core fit-out of a high-spec, central production kitchen and a variety of other foodservice facilities.
The production kitchen, which is situated in the basement of the building and spans 200 square metres, can cater for up to 600 members and guests at any one time during the day.
It is complemented by a cafe in the main reception area which has a dedicated support kitchen, as well as a breakfast area for hotel guests, a fifth-floor finishing kitchen to assist the meeting and function rooms, a chilled prep room, water bottling room, two pantries and an office adjoining the main production kitchen for the executive chef.
Due to the listed nature of the building, Daventry-based CDG had to work to stringent English Heritage guidelines, although managing director, Philip Howard, says that wasn’t the only challenge it came up against.
“We also had to fulfil the requirements of the client, architect and operator and think outside the box to achieve the ideal balance between visual appeal and functionality,” he says. “To give you an example, we took a Foster stainless steel fridge cabinet to be spray painted in a car body shop simply to achieve the desired custom finish!”
“A critical element of any project is to ensure that the facilities provide the optimum working environment in terms of design, specification of equipment and flow of the spaces. It’s great that the feedback from the operational team shows that we achieved just that”.
One of the most challenging aspects of the project was the cafe design within the ground floor. The servery area makes a feature of a column which, due to the listed nature of the tiles, was unable to directly support any fixtures.
A free-standing food display cabinet in glass has been modelled to achieve the architects’ vision of a ‘floating monolithic sculpture’ to showcase the premium nature of the food on offer.