South Tyneside-based Restaurant Design Associates (RDA) has worked with Durham University, PHP Architects and Brims Construction to design and install a new catering space within Collingwood College campus.

Initially, PHP Architects appointed RDA to undertake the design and catering consultancy for the project. Following the consultancy stage, RDA then successfully bid for the installation work from Brims Construction, which tasked the dealer with fitting out the new facilities to accommodate more than 500 students.

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The RDA team delivered and installed all catering equipment including Proline servery counters, Hobart dishwasher, Foster coldrooms and refrigeration, and Halton ventilation canopy and services distribution unit, which were fitted across the ground floor kitchen, basement storage and preparation areas.

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The cooking suite consisted of Hobart, Falcon, Rosinox, Frymaster and Rational equipment.

The work marks the latest in a line of key projects dating back to 2011 that the distributor has undertaken with Durham University as design consultants.

RDA’s design director Paul Hirst said: “At RDA, we have an in-depth understanding of catering operations within a university environment, and we’re very proud of our ongoing relationship with PHP Architects and Durham University.

“Our close association with both groups has resulted in developing a design that works extremely well for the members of Collingwood College and fully satisfies the brief.

“The biggest challenge facing our design team was to create a larger food production facility and a larger servery area within an existing space, to a tight timescale.

“Collingwood College has seen a significant increase in the student population since it was originally built and had outgrown its catering capabilities.

“Additionally, the servery was dated and unfit for a forward thinking catering team. By carefully examining areas that were potentially wasted space, we were able to increase the amount of equipment, preparation areas and storage areas in order to accommodate the current demand.

“The highly professional Durham team assisted us in creating a very specific brief, bringing in a number of specialists from food production to food service to develop the concept.”

RDA has worked with a range of universities including Northumbria University, Leeds Beckett University and Coventry University – and the team are preparing to coordinate a series of further projects within the education sector throughout 2016.