Pico Catering Projects has delivered its first ever catering scheme for a garden centre and hopes the job will pave the way for it develop more business in the sector moving forward.
The Birmingham-based distributor was given the task of creating a new, contemporary look for the coffee shop and restaurant at Northwood Garden Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
It project managed the specification, design and installation of the front-of-house, behind counter and restaurant areas, coming in on time and on budget.
Tim Keating, managing director of Pico, said the main challenge was to deliver the project in logical step-by-step phases to satisfy the order of installation but still allow the existing coffee shop to function.
“The main emphasis was to bring about a modernisation and style change in this busy garden centre coffee shop without compromising the comfortable established atmosphere, which has a staunchly loyal customer base, in addition to showcasing the fantastic cakes that are made on the premises through the new counter,” he said.
A large E&R Moffat counter was the main item of equipment used in the installation, with regional sales manager, Peter Glossop, providing assistance with the specification.
The front-of-house furniture was specified and supplied by Furniture Realm, while Husky provided the back counter bottle fridge.
“It is one thing viewing a project from a CAD design perspective with colour charts and swatches but to see that design come to life is where the true satisfaction comes from,” added Keating. “On this particular project we used a coloured high gloss hygienic wall covering to make the back counter really stand out. Normally clients opt for the predictable safe white colour.”