RDA educates on latest deli project

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RDA was praised by Lancaster University for this deli fit-out.

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Following a competitive tender, the distributor was appointed to transform the university’s outdated café into a modern deli with the aim of attracting more customers and further improving the student experience on campus by matching the high street offer.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.

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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.”

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