Two of Meiko’s top-end dishwashing machines have been put into schools involved in major kitchen revamp projects courtesy of Nottingham outfit Garners Foodservice Equipment.
Garners specified separate Meiko solutions for Farnborough Academy in Nottingham and Highfields Science School in Wolverhampton due to their differing wash-up needs on schemes that it has been working on.
Farnborough Academy is currently undergoing a £17m rebuild and is the last Nottingham school to benefit from the now-scrapped Building Schools for the Future (BSF) funding initiative.
Its catering department feeds 1,050 students and about 160 members of staff, producing a considerable amount of crockery, cutlery and utensils that need to be processed in just a few hours every day during term time.
Garners specified and designed a wash-up system for the school based on a Meiko K200KVPi rack dishwasher.
The selection of this particular machine revolved around a requirement to provide maximum efficiency and a systematic working flow with ease of handling for the operators, not forgetting the basic requirement of producing cleaned, sanitized and dry products.
In Wolverhampton, meanwhile, where schools have benefited from a massive £286m cash injection for rebuilding and renovation, Highfields School, with 1,450 pupils plus staff, has installed a Meiko K160Pi basket transport dishwasher.
The K160Pi with a maximum hourly throughput of 105 baskets an hour offers all the sureties and performance previously reserved only for the larger sized basket conveyor machines.
“The choice of the two machines — a compact K160Pi basket transport machine for Highfields School and a premium series K200KVPi basket machine for Farnborough Academy — was due to different budget constraints and the size of space available in both kitchens to accommodate the dishwashing operation,” explained Garners project manager Andy Brown.
Both installations were undertaken by Garners’ in-house engineers, who have been trained by the Meiko UK technical services support team to install and commission the manufacturer’s full range of machines.