HCE grows garden centre project in West Sussex

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HCE worked with Proline on the Stansted Park Garden Centre café project.

HCE Foodservice Equipment has designed, supplied and installed a new restaurant catering facility for Stansted Park Garden Centre in the Stansted Park Estate, on the Hampshire/West Sussex border.

The onsite cafe, named The Gardener’s Kitchen, was somewhat tired with a limited food offering and required a fresh look as well as a new roof structure to attract both new and existing customers.

The overhaul included the installation of new coldrooms, kitchen and servery equipment and extract ventilation.

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The servery was of particular importance and needed to look both attractive and inviting to be able to meet the fluctuating demands of the operation, including being able to operate in both high and low customer throughput with the right amount of staff at any one time.

Therefore HCE specified Merseyside-based counter manufacturer, Proline to design and install the new servery.

This had to incorporate a high-output refrigerated ‘grab and go’ section which needed to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. The servery had to include both hot and cold food including salad, ice-cream, a ‘farmer’s table’ display for ‘help yourself’ home made cakes and two beverage stations.

Taking into consideration both the noise and potential heat that can often be generated within garden centres during the summer, the refrigerated ‘grab and go’ counters were all fitted with external remote compressors, as well as the cold and freezer rooms.

The project was reportedly a success and was completed to programme. However, the team faced a slight challenge as there were insufficient electrics available for the project which meant that an electrical generator had to be temporarily installed until a new supply to the garden centre could be provided.

Paul Richards, joint MD of Stansted Park Garden Centre, commented that the work completed was great and that he was delighted with the outcome.

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