The summer of 2018 has seen Garners Food Service Equipment take on three different stadium kitchen projects, spanning from the Chairman’s Suite refurbishment at Wolverhampton Wanderers to brand new catering facilities in Trent Bridge’s Radcliffe Road development.
Their latest handover (Pride Park, home to Derby County Football Club) has been a client of the kitchen design house for over 20 years and is one to have used Garners’ full range of competencies. Having installed the initial kitchens during Pride Park stadium’s construction, the firm has since gone on to provide a range of facilities, including catering kitchens to the club’s boardroom and hospitality suites, as well as fast food kiosks in the stadium concourse.
Specialist account manager Neil Garlick has worked on all DCFC projects in recent years and has developed a strong professional partnership between the two organisations. “Being a hospitality suite kitchen, our most recent install needed to have the best of both worlds: producing a varied, high-quality menu at banqueting levels of service,” he said.
“With the end goal of expanding the club’s offering to its hospitality guests, we worked closely with the operations teams to make sure the correct equipment was supplied and that all opportunities to maximise revenue had been captured. We ensured a versatile set of equipment was supplied and that it fit the intended function of the kitchen exactly to the client’s specification, whilst designing spaces broad enough to accommodate the many chefs and waiting staff that will be making use of it.
“Calling on equipment from leading suppliers such as Rational, Foster, Instanta, Hobart and Electrolux, we installed just under 100 items in the new kitchen which should give some insight into the versatility of the space. This being said, we also rationalised the equipment in order to provide long-term ease when it comes to the service and maintenance requirements of the kitchen.”
“Having worked extensively with this client over the years, we really appreciate their return business and hope to keep on making the teamsheet in the future! It’s great to work with such a high-profile client in our local area and especially one who’s historically chosen Garners.”
Ongoing relationships were also crucial at another stadium venue, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux Stadium, which first called upon the distributor’s turnkey capabilities in 2011.
As part of strategic changes implemented by the club over the years, Garners has been chosen to design and install a number of facilities including working on refurbishments in the stadium’s concourse and hospitality areas, new-build spaces during the construction of the Stan Cullis Stand and athlete catering in the club’s training and academy facilities.
Tim Fisher, MD of Garners Food Service Equipment, served as both the account and project manager to the many contracts between the two companies.
He commented: “We’ve worked across the whole of Molineux in some respect and have gained an in-depth understanding of their requirements and ideals. With a relationship spanning nearly 10 years, we’ve been able to implement the full mix of our business competencies and have, in turn, implemented profitable and innovative changes for the club itself.
“With stadiums looking to offer all guests a well-rounded, high-quality package, it’s with great pride that we’ve been able to contribute to the Wolves’ campaign, for the hardcore supporters we’ve installed countless bars and catering outlets in the concourses; for the corporate guests we’ve designed flexible banqueting facilities able to be used for matchdays, conferences and banqueting alike; this summer we delivered a fine dining concept for the Chairman’s Suite that’s tailored to the VIP guest.
“Repeat business is a key part of the Garners business model and it’s with this in mind we place client retention so highly. Delivering the client’s specification is easy – it’s going one step further and making recommendations, contributing ideas and ultimately maximising the potential of the project that gets the bonus point.”
The hattrick in Garners’ stadium kitchen campaign comes in the long-awaited completion of Trent Bridge’s multi-million Pound redevelopment of its Radcliffe Road Stand.
The project has spanned over 2 years, and involved the construction of two new floors, which had to accommodate for new broadcasting suites, a hospitality space and a corporate dining facility. The sixth-floor facility was achieved on time and on schedule all thanks to the dedicated work of Garners’ projects team and the collaborative efforts with longstanding clients Bowmer & Kirkland Building Services and Trent Bridge.