Design and installation company, RDA, recently created a new high-end deli for Lancaster University.
Following a competitive tender, the distributor was appointed to transform the university’s outdated café into a modern deli with the aim of attracting more customers and further improving the student experience on campus by matching the high street offer.
In order to create a better service flow and customer experience, RDA’s team completely re-modelled the old café. They created new service entrance and exit points, changed the layout of the servery area, and added new booth and loose seating.
In addition, all equipment from the existing café was removed, and a new canopy area, high speed grills, panini grills and a Welbilt Merrychef E2s accelerated cooker were installed to cater for its new freshly prepared, deli style offer. Welbilt also provided a Convotherm combi oven and an ice machine.
Other installed equipment included Blizzard and Tefcold refrigeration, a countertop soup warmer, upright freezer, microwave and double basket fryer.
The design was based on a modern, high street look and feel with elements of high-end materials and natural tones with feature lighting throughout. The RDA team had to work to a tight timeframe and budget and be sensitive to working in a university environment.
Peter Welling, retail services manager at Lancaster University said: “RDA went above and beyond on this project, with regular site visits, customer feedback and a real understanding of our vision for the new deli. We are delighted with the results and look forward to offering a new dining experience to our students, staff and visitors.”