CEDA has unveiled the prestigious projects shortlisted for this year’s Grand Prix Awards, a feat which the nominated distributors should be even more proud of, as there was a 15% year-on-year rise on the number of entries submitted.
With the winners set to be unveiled during the CEDA Conference Gala Dinner on 31 March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, the shortlist is as follows:
In the Large Projects category, CHR Equipment was nominated for its kitchen outfit at the Forest Side Hotel, Grasmere, which had to meet Michelin-starred standards while taking into account a small footprint within the Victorian mansion. Court Catering Equipment’s mammoth scheme at Le Cordon Bleu European Flagship Cookery School in Paris is shortlisted too, with the distributor getting the nod for the sheer complexity of designing and outfitting 15 cooking areas within 14 weeks. Completing the category, GastroNorth was nominated for its outfit of multiple kitchens and serveries for City of Glasgow College. This required the distributor to install an incredible 28 areas over 2 years, adhering to tight budgets while creating flexible solutions.
In the Medium Projects award, Catering Design Group is nominated for its café, kitchen and bakery for Farmer Copleys in Pontefract. This involved demolishing an old tractor barn to create a daytime cafe which turns into a bistro in the evenings. CHR receives its second nod, this time for a redesigned and rebuilt kitchen for The Castle Dairy at Kendal College. The distributor designed this facility to be flood-proof. Next on the nomination list is Gratte Brothers’ theatre-style kitchen for the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle, Scotland, where the distributor overcame the challenges of the remote location and installing an 800kg pizza oven. Rounding out the category is TAG UK’s project at Cedar Kitchen and function room, within The Grove five star hotel in Watford. The distributor had to overcome the challenge of limited access to the kitchen with a complete re-think of standard banquet kitchen design.
For the Small Projects category, Acme Facilities Group is shortlisted for its kitchen and back-bar at Allerton Manor Golf Club in Liverpool, accommodated in a Grade II listed building which presented several design challenges. CNG Foodservice Equipment gets a nod for Newcastle-based House of Tides restaurant, where the distributor had to install a Michelin star standard kitchen within 4 days. TAG UK also receives its second nomination, for the Ting Kitchen outfit at the Shangri-La Hotel within the iconic Shard building in London. This very detailed installation was originally planned to last 21 days but the distributor turned it around in just 7.
In the Outstanding Customer Service category, CNG Foodservice Equipment grabs another shortlisting spot thanks to its replacement of The Trout Hotel’s kitchen in Cockermouth following flooding, enhancing the design in the process. Inox Equip was shortlisted for its guidance in creating a production kitchen for The Claire Clark Patisserie Academy, Pretty Sweet, in Bletchley. In coordination with Rational, the distributor helped to develop Clark’s plans. The final nominee for this award is Vision Commercial Kitchens, for converting an old yellow school bus from Texas into the Old School BBQ Bus food truck in Manchester.
Completing the category line up, the Project Management award sees Airedale Group nominated for working through the night to complete a multi-purpose catering facility for The Commission at Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 on behalf of Drake & Morgan and Delaware North. This was because the original 10 day installation programme was reduced to just 3. The next shortlisted distributor is C&C Catering Equipment, due to its foodservice facilities for the new UBS offices in Broadgate, London. The firm had to deal with a number of changes resulting from the movement of a lift shaft during the early part of construction. However, these were successfully carried out due to the on-site presence of the team and dedicated design manager. The last shortlisted entry is Vision Commercial Kitchens’ second nod, this time for overcoming the challenges of installing kitchens for two Notcutts Garden Centres simultaneously in Staines and Norwich.
CEDA director general Adam Mason commented: “I’m thrilled that CEDA’s 2017 Grand Prix awards have attracted a high number of entries, including members entering the awards for the very first time. The projects range across all sectors of the market and vary in size and scope but with one common thread – excellence. The quality of design, project management, installation and customer service that has been demonstrated is exceptional.
“To have made it through to the finals is a great achievement.”