Marlborough-based dealer Fulcrum Commercial Kitchens is to undertake a £130,000 scheme at The Farmer’s Club in Whitehall, Central London, a private members’ club for the agricultural community.
The distributor will be developing the expansion of the venue’s first floor restaurant kitchen to serve a new banqueting suite called Project Quest, plus outfitting an additional bar area and ground floor kitchenette.
The brief is to add a large cold prep room whilst streamlining the existing facilities to allow fast and efficient service to the new (and existing) dining rooms.
Existing office areas were relocated to make way for this addition to the existing restaurant and private dining offer.
It is also proposed to add a viewing window into the main kitchen from the Eastwood Dining Room for a ‘cookery theatre’ effect.
The Farmers Club first approached Fulcrum in March 2015, with chief executive, Air Commodore Stephen Skinner and club manager Virginia Masser awarding the project to the dealer in mid-November after detailed discussion with head chef, Paul Hogben.
The interior designers appointed to the project are Helen Hughes Design Studios, along with architects, Filer & Cox.
Key manufacturers which have already been specified for the project include: Environmental Products & Services’ GreaseShield grease interceptors to hygienically remove fats and debris, Coldplan’s dual compartment cold/freezer room with ducted removal of heat-gain; T&S’ hands-free sensor taps for hand washing, Rational’s stacked six grid combi ovens, Alto Shaam’s holding cabinets/drawers for banquet service and Lincat’s induction hob in the cold prep area.
Furthermore, Fulcrum will outfit specially fabricated pass countering with pad-type elements to heat the entire worksurface during service, and will modify the existing extraction system with two new canopies, install a heater-battery to temper the incoming supply-air and install 33 access doors in the external kitchen extract riser duct.
The project is due to be installed in early 2016 on a minimum downtime programme, which will be agreed upon soon.