C&C Catering Equipment was called in to replace and re-design the kitchen of the Nanhoron Arms hotel in Gwynedd, Wales, after it suffered significant damage following a major fire.
The intense heat from the blaze, triggered by a gas leak during a routine cleaning, caused the kitchen ceiling to collapse, ruining all equipment in the area. Additionally, extensive smoke damaged an extraordinary volume of space in the back of house areas.
As soon as it was confirmed that, fortunately, there were no injuries or major structural damages, C&C was on hand to create a new kitchen for the welsh hotel.
C&C’s project coordinator Steven Brophy applied his knowledge and experience to the task of identifying damaged equipment, as faceplates had melted off due to the extreme heat from the fire. He had to recognise details and sizes to distinguish all equipment pieces.
As well as replacing the damaged kit, C&C also re-designed the areas to improve the flow, including creating a more efficient pastry area (which had been suffocated by an oversized and under-used coldroom), separating preparation areas, and improving the amount of storage through careful planning above and below the counter top.
Before any equipment was fitted, careful project management required a number of key items to be delivered early in order to enable the hotel to offer breakfast to its guests. This largely including Hobart successfully pulling its normal lead time to meet the required opening date.
C&C’s Steven Brophy commented: “It was an unfortunate incident for Nanhoron Arms, and we were keen to apply our industry expertise to create a new kitchen area for the hotel.
“There were certainly many challenges along the way due to the unique circumstances concerning the fire damage, making the end result and success even more satisfying. We pulled together and were delighted to complete the project in the incredibly tight period.”