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 will recognise the company that stands out for delivering a very special project.
So the shortlist this year is:
C&C Catering Equipment
This year saw C&C Catering Equipment undertake its largest project by value. The outfit, at a renowned Swiss bank, required the dealer to assign multiple team members to the job to ensure everything ran on schedule. Other major installations running concurrently totalled £7m. Additionally the firm successfully simultaneously ran two jobs at opposite ends of the country, in Bournemouth and Aberdeen. This year two project managers were recruited for its large schemes in London.
Court Catering Equipment
London-based Court finally saw 3 years of project work come to fruition this year with the successful completion of the new Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute in Paris. The firm faced significant design challenges in trying to fit 15 teaching kitchens, production kitchens, theatre kitchen and a cafe into a building not really suited for catering use on such a large scale. Court is proud of its largest ever project, involving transporting 27 lorry-loads of kit from the UK.
Fatboys Catering Equipment
Fatboys has seen its on time on price philosophy translate into projects for Cotswold Inns’ Close Hotel, which involved installing the group’s first induction suite and replacing a rotting floor, as well as schemes for the Ramada Park Hall Hotel, Wolverhampton and Ego at The Knowles Arms, Blackburn. Fatboys delivered the £500,000 Ramada project a week early, despite finding asbestos on the site. The dealer is now refurbishing its own new showroom and demonstration kitchen.
Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment
Gratte Brothers continues to build on its 70 years of project management experience with outfits this year including at the exclusive Carnegie Club in Skibo Castle, Scotland, Knights Garden Centre in Godstone, Surrey, which took some creative thinking to install a central cooking island and specify suitable ventilation, and The Mess Deck at Chatham Historic Dockyards, which featured recycled 14th century masts. Grattes also completed over 20 Premier Inn site outfits including four urban Hub sites.
Inox Equip furthered its large scale project reputation in 2016 by completing a major scheme for Vox Conference Centre in Resorts World Birmingham, part of the NEC campus. 3 years of work resulted in a 4-month installation, which through careful planning Inox Equip completed on time and even under budget. The dealer was also recognised as a runner up in CEDA’s Large Project Award category this year for its outfit of the Victory Services Club in London, another long-term endeavour of over a year.
The electronic vote to choose the winner will open on Monday 31 October, when senior supplier representatives will receive an e-mail invite to participate.
The 2016 Catering Insight Awards is supported by Cedabond.
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