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KCCJ overcame live project challenges to outfit catering areas and cladding for REEC.

Kent-based KCCJ believes it has recently demonstrated its skills extend beyond the design, specification and installation of commercial kitchens during a project undertaken at Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus (REEC).

REEC is a partnership between Richmond upon Thames College, Haymarket Media Group, Harlequins, Clarendon School, Richmond Council and Achieving for Children to create an education and enterprise campus in Twickenham.

This has resulted in new state of the art college buildings, a new school (The Richmond upon Thames School) to address the local demand for additional secondary school places and the re-provision of Clarendon School and the Newhouse Centre in new building facilities.

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KCCJ initially successfully won the tender issued by main contractors Willmott Dixon for catering equipment supply and installation for the project. But when the team attended the pre-contract meeting, extract canopies were added to the package as well as the Whiterock cladding for the whole school.

As part of the overall project, KCCJ supplied and fitted more than 280 pieces of Whiterock White cladding in various areas of the school campus including toilets, shower rooms and specialist classrooms.

The cladding was required in a variety of different colours and sizes, which meant that each piece had to be cut to size on site, a task made even harder by the fact that rather than being done in one hit, different areas were completed at different times, meaning that KCCJ was constantly on and off site, often with very little notice, during a project that lasted nearly 6 months.

By comparison, the firm reported that installation of the main kitchen area was much more straightforward. Providing meals for around 750 pupils in total, the catering facility is now home to a wide range of equipment from major manufacturers including: Hobart, Foster, Rational, Falcon, Merrychef and Instanta.

In addition, there is a Moffat servery counter containing a mix of chilled, ambient and heated sections. Additional fabrication included a main island canopy, a condense hood in the dishwash area and a service spine to hide the various M&E services. KCCJ feels the kitchen has everything required to deliver an extensive menu in line with current school food guidelines.

The kitchen design house believes this scheme demonstrated its ability to work around the many challenges of working in a ‘live’ project environment where deadlines and programmes are constantly changing.

Willmott Dixon Construction’s building manager Adam Elrick commented: “KCCJ carried out an extremely efficient installation of the kitchen at the REEC project.

“The end product also looks great and is going to go a long way towards improving the school lives of all the children fortunate enough to attend these schools.”

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