CKE Service breathes new life into boarding school kitchen


CKE Service has carried out the design and fit-out for a complete kitchen refurbishment at a leading boarding school in Kent.

The project also involved overseeing an extension to the dining area at Farringtons School, which has 645 pupils and employs 18 staff, including six chefs.

Meal numbers include 850 for lunch, 150 in the morning for the breakfast club and around 100 boarders for the evening meal service.

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Installation began with a Meiko Eco passthrough dishwasher being set-up in the technical block adjacent to the main kitchen to enable warewashing to continue while the main kitchen was refurbished.

Tudor Williams, managing director of CKE, said: “We brought forward installation of some key items for use in the temporary kitchen, such as the Rational combi ovens, before they were moved over. If you have the space, then this method of working is much more cost-effective compared to using portable buildings, for example.”

As part of the project, CKE installed a conveyor system to transport the meal trays deposited by the pupils directly into the dishwashing area. From there, a couple of operators strip the trays of crockery and cutlery items into wash-up baskets sitting on a specially constructed forward sorting station, with the loaded baskets then transported on a catch peg automatic roller table directly into the dishwashing machine.

“The tray transport conveyor leading into a new dedicated dishwash room was identified as the most ergonomic system for clearing trays; the conveyor also being the best aesthetic solution in the dining hall refurbishment,” said Williams.

Groundwork for the project was carried out by Stroud-based MYA Consulting, which fleshed out the initial design.

CKE Service completed the design and finalised the equipment specification.

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