Local authority wants 1,500 items of kit serviced

A local authority in charge of school kitchens throughout parts of Cheshire is seeking a catering equipment services firm to repair and maintain its catering and refrigeration fleet.

Cheshire West and Chester has a budget of £200k for the contract, which will run for two years from September and cover 140 kitchens in total.

The agreement is split into two lots: one addressing heavy duty equipment and the other focusing specifically on refrigeration and freezer units.

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Lot 1 encompasses the call-out and repair of heavy catering and refrigeration equipment, as well as a yearly planned testing of heavy catering gas and electrical appliances. The testing only covers heavy cooking appliances and equipment — not refrigeration — and does not include PAT testing.

Lot 2, meanwhile, only includes the call-out and repair of fridges and freezers.

The approximate annual spend for the contract is £90,000 for Lot 1 and £10,000 for Lot 2. Bidders can apply for either aspects of the contract or both.

Cheshire West and Chester Catering Services is the main provider of school meals in the borough and prepares 17,000 school meals every day.

Around 100 of the kitchens it manages are based on gas, with the other 40 predominantly electric. For Lot 1, there are approximately 1,300 items of heavy catering equipment, of which 450 are gas.

Additionally, each kitchen has at least one fridge and one freezer on site.

The contract may also be available for use by Wirral Council if required in the future and bidders will required to state whether this area could be serviced at their tendered rate.

The two-year contract contains an option to extend annually for up to a further two years.

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