Catering equipment distributor KCCJ has commenced the second phase of a major kitchen refurbishment contract with the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
The Kent-based outfit carried out 20 school kitchen upgrades in six weeks ahead of the introduction of the UIFSM free school meals scheme in September.
It has now begun the next tranche of works, which involves digging trenches and bringing in new power supplies ahead of equipment being fitted.
The contract encompasses designing and delivering changes to the kitchens and dining areas of local authority schools, academies, and civic buildings. The contract was awarded on the basis of KCCJ providing a turnkey package for the client.
The scope of the contract incorporates everything from site surveys and CAD drawings to procurement and commissioning.
Kerry Slatter, project development manager at KCCJ, said the company was pleased to have completed the first phase on schedule given the demands involved.
“In six weeks, we delivered more than 100 pieces of heavy duty commercial catering equipment, 600-plus square metres of Altro flooring were laid, 800 square metres of walls were painted and 400 square metres of Whiterock wall were fitted using a team of three project managers, four administration staff and 40-plus engineers,” she said.
“The result is that 20 school kitchens were completed, fully operational and successfully handed over to the catering teams ready for the new term.”