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Dealer delivers Olympic caterer’s latest kitchen

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Inox Equip is on the way to completing the on-site kitchen operations behind a new £2.5m conference venue at Manchester’s EventCity.

Milton Keynes-based Inox Equip has been working closely with Olympic Games catering provider Smart Hospitality to deliver the scheme, as the latter will be providing all of the catering services for the location.

The project will see a 5,800 square metre area of EventCity transformed into a multi-purpose ‘black box’ event space complete with start-of-the-art catering and dining facilities.

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The ability to sub-divide the space is designed to give event organisers the opportunity to provide everything needed to stage a conference, including seminar halls, break-out areas, exhibition space and catering.

InoxEquip project manager Chris Hay is currently overseeing the implementation of the kitchen operations, with the project due for completion next week.

Inox said the final stage of the scheme involves the installation of a Hobart rack conveyor for glasswashing and an FTN Flight machine for crockery and cutlery.

Mark Kendall, director of Inox Equip, says the company first received the brief for the project two days before the start of the Olympics.

“We were tasked with designing a high quality food production kitchen to cater for 3000+ covers in what can only be described as an open warehouse space within a fixed deadline dictated by a sold event with a foot fall of 47,000 people,” he said. “To date we have completed two of three phases with an overall completion date of February 1 on time and within budget.”

EventCity, which is part of The Peel Group, is the second largest exhibition space outside of London, located next to Manchester’s Trafford Centre.

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