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RDA goes large with Cranfield University kitchen revamp

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RDA’s project at Cranfield involved upgrading the production kitchen and staff mess facilities.

Before the coronavirus hit, RDA completed a redesign, supply and installation project for the main production kitchen at the Cranfield Management Development Centre, part of Cranfield University.

The kitchen design house worked alongside CBRE to overhaul the outdated 510metre2 kitchen as well as upgrade the staff mess facilities with a dedicated servery and refrigerated space.

The client brief called for future-proofing, eliminating dead areas and maximising energy efficiency. Cutting down travel time for chefs was also a priority, as well as creating more efficient areas and overall flow.

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The result is a smaller yet more efficient and operationally sound facility, with the leftover space providing valuable storage areas.

RDA’s senior designer Ruth Boote said: “We worked closely with the clients to find innovative solutions to their needs, including running a drawing session where we all talked through the details of the design as it was amended ‘live’.”

“The fabrication was bespoke, including a unique cooking suite complete with a seamless one-piece top. This one-off piece really was the centrepiece of the kitchen, achieved through meticulous design and on-site welding.”

A range of suppliers supported the project, with PKL providing the temporary kitchen and MKN supplying the bespoke cooking suite. CED carried out the fabrication work and a Bridge Air ventilation canopy was also installed.

The dishwashers were Maidaid, while refrigeration came from Williams and Rational provided the combi ovens and VCC.

RDA business development manager Louise Ward said: “As a specialist postgraduate university based between Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes, the Management Development Centre at Cranfield welcomes guests from all over the world.

“With this newly-developed kitchen space, they can really up the ante of their catering offer.”

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