Francis helps new school to get on its feet

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Francis redesigned the servery to ensure it could manage pupil capacity.

Francis Commercial Kitchen Services has completed a kitchen project this month at the John Taylor Free School, just outside Burton upon Trent.

Northern regional sales manager Simon Hamnett led the project, following a successful tender. The site is the first new school to be built in Staffordshire for a generation.

Upon the distributor’s first visit to site to meet with Entrust, the client, and the main contractor, Seddon Construction, the team was given a brief on what was required for the kitchen and servery. This had not been available at the time of tender and it quickly became apparent that the servery area would require a redesign to cope with the number of pupils.

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Enrolment for the school will be on a 5-year plan beginning with 250 pupils increasing to 1,250 pupils in 5 years. With calculations worked out on an 80% take up and a 55-minute dinner hour including a 15-minute dwelling time, the Francis team worked out the number of dining seats required and established that the original design would not cope with 1,250 pupils in 5 years’ time.

The new design increased the number of serveries from three to six and the number of tills increased from two to six. The dealer also advised that a sixth form servery should be created on the first floor to accommodate for the higher number of pupils to achieve figures proposed for year 5.

With the redesign of the servery, this area slightly encroached on the kitchen area as the floor slab had been laid with the drains already installed to the original design. Therefore Francis’ design team had to reconfigure the design to suit the already installed drains without compromise to the kitchen layout.

Equipment installed included Falcon cooking equipment, a bank of Houno combinations ovens, a Maidaid mini rack conveyor warewasher and Williams refrigeration. Stellex Manufacturing, Proline and Coldplan also contributed to the scheme.

Francis praised Seddon Construction and Entrust’s input and help to ensure the project ran smoothly.

Adam Sambrook, operations manager at Francis commented: “I firmly believe that we were successful in being awarded this project due to the exceptional design work carried out by both our northern regional sales manager, Simon Hamnett, and our education sector design specialist Ginette Boote.

“Well done to everyone involved from design and sales through to our installation engineers who represented Francis exceptionally well whilst on site. I could not be happier with the completed project.”

Emma Williams, design manager at Seddon Construction added: “It has been a pleasure working with Francis and thank you for always being so accommodating when we were going through all the changes and at the handover.”

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Clare Nicholls

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