RDA cashes out on major HSBC scheme

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RDA created several catering spaces at HSBC’s new Birmingham headquarters.

Kitchen design house RDA recently completed state of the art catering facilities at the new HSBC UK headquarters in Birmingham.

Part of the new Arena Central development in the city, the 210,000ft2, 10 storey HSBC head office will be the first in Birmingham to be constructed to LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Gold accreditation.

RDA’s team worked with the contract caterers, HSBC and project management company Mace to develop the catering design before successfully securing the fit-out contract.

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The distributor’s designers have created a new main restaurant and kitchen, two coffee bars, hospitality kitchens, drinks stations and external barbeque stations. Each area has been designed to provide a destination outlet, providing a carefully integrated catering option throughout the new building.

Rational provided combi ovens and its multi-functional VarioCookingCenters, while further prime cooking equipment comprising induction ranges, fryers and chargrills was supplied by Falcon.

For food provision on the outdoor terraces, RDA also sourced Big Green Egg barbecues.

A Winterhalter rack dishwasher took care of the warewashing requirements, along with Trak Systems’ counters and dishwash carousel.

CED Fabrications created and installed all the fabrication for the project.

Front of house design is said to be fresh, modern and quirky. Plants are used throughout, with vibrant colours, geometrical fabrics and tiles, multi-functional seating areas and eating spaces.

Alex Bradley, director at RDA said: “It’s been a pleasure to work on such a high-profile project. Our talented team of designers, QS and project managers have put a lot of work into this challenging project, which is clear to see from the results.

“This has become one of Birmingham’s most widely recognised buildings and we are delighted with the beautiful catering spaces we have created for HSBC employees to enjoy.”

Chris Kelly, general manager, JLL (Arena Central’s property developer) said: “RDA was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in overcoming some of the challenging design quirks of the building. We are delighted with the results and the high quality of the installation.”

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