GastroNorth revolutionises Middlesborough civic centre

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GastroNorth installed several foodservice areas at Middleborough Town Hall.

GastroNorth has completed a £170,000 development of Middlesbrough Town Hall’s catering and bar facilities.

When the 2-year phase of redevelopment commenced on the site, GastroNorth was appointed to develop the foodservice design initially produced by KWD. This required the supply and installation of two kitchens, three bars and a cellar over three floors, including the former crypt.

The town hall closed its doors in April 2016 to undertake the £7.7m refurbishment, which was funded by the Middlesbrough Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, with the construction work being undertaken by Kier Construction.

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The team at GastroNorth worked closely with Middlesbrough Town Hall to expand on the initial designs, allowing a function and event kitchen, a bar on the first floor, a cafe-bar on the ground and a crypt bar and cellar in the lower ground area.

GastroNorth director Richard Toye said: “The architecture of Middlesbrough Town Hall is truly amazing, from high vaulted ceilings to lower height corridors and work areas in the lower grounds.

“This in turn provided challenges with getting drainage and ventilation to and from the site, as well as obvious issues with access for the large, one piece bar units to the upper floor – but these were all things our team were able to overcome, resulting in a really fantastic finish.”

Working with a range of major manufacturers and suppliers, the kitchen design house installed Unox combi steaming ovens and SpidoCook units, Blue Seal prime cooking appliances, Foster and Williams refrigeration, Maidaid Halcyon warewashing, Victor hot plates, Maestrowave microwaves and Marco beverage units into the facility.

It also incorporated stainless steel fabrications from E&R Moffat, CED and P&D Caterfab, Altro white rock walls, several bespoke one piece Novameta bar units and IMC modular bar units into the project.

Toye added: “It was a pleasure to work for Kier again throughout this project, they managed a really difficult job very well and were great when assisting us to solve issues we encountered in relation to the infrastructure, allowing us both to find a mutual solution.”

The Town Hall reopened in May 2018, with a special one-off community performance to mark the event.

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