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Garners hands over one of its largest projects to date

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Garners has completed a 3-year project for the Advanced Skills Centre at Tameside College.

Garners Food Service Equipment have recently handed over one of its largest projects to date, for the VisionTameside plan, which aims to attract business opportunities to Tameside, Greater Manchester.

The scheme was within the Advanced Skills Centre owned by Tameside College, as part of the multi-million Pound VisionTameside development.

Spanning 7,000metre2 and 10 specialist kitchens, the catering areas include two specialist teaching kitchens, a bistro restaurant, fine dining restaurant, specialist cake, chocolate and bakery rooms as well as numerous stores, including cold and freezer stores.

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Due to the huge project at hand, Garners veterans Andy Brown and Jonathan Meats both took leadership roles on the project (Meats as overarching project manager and Brown as design lead), with numerous other members of Garners’ staff supporting the design, after-care preparation and installation of the numerous catering areas.

Having secured the project as a design and build package in 2015, Brown ensured he saw the project through. “This project has been in the pipeline for around 10 years and it’s great to have everything come together.

“Knowing that the specification, design, delivery, installation and commissioning of 650+ items in one venue relied on ourselves was quite a load to bear at points but we’ve been happy to work on this project from the off and are now very proud that it’s come off successfully.

“It’s really not that often you get to work on a project of this magnitude, which is why everyone in the office is so happy to see it tied up so nicely. So many employees have made a contribution to this massive project so it’s a huge testament to the work a relatively small staff is capable of.”

Recently-appointed contracts director (designate) Meats has been managing projects at Garners for 15 years and still found himself in awe at the mammoth job ahead: “I’ve worked on hundreds of education projects but possibly none with the scope of Vision Tameside, and certainly none of its size.

“The breadth of equipment we specified for the job is out of this world – from specialist baking ovens and chocolatier’s moulds to top-of-the-line prep machines and cooklines. We called on all our experience and drew from a great pool of talent we had in the office to ensure fresh eyes and ideas were always on hand.”

The Advanced Skills Centre has now been handed over to next generation of trainee chefs, bakers and chocolatiers, as well as other hands-on professions throughout the Tameside College campus.

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