Scomac Catering Equipment has beaten the clock to deliver a new kitchen facility for a revamped part of the Olympic Park that will open to the public this weekend.
The catering facilities for the South Hub Visitors Centre, which lies at the foot of the distinctive ArcelorMittal Orbit, have gone from design, approval and manufacture to installation in 10 weeks at a value of £250,000.
Scomac handed over the operation on Friday, with caterers on site at the premises yesterday to begin training ahead of the launch on Saturday 5 April.
The design was done by Graham Moore, owner of Moore Design and formerly of the Peter Burholt Partnership.
Scomac only received firm details to price against the job at the end of January, but after getting the order it succeeded in turning around the various manufacturing elements in double-quick time. All fabrication work and on-site welding was carried out by its own fabrication business, ensuring it the flexibility to meet the completion date.
“We would normally look to 8 to 10 weeks just on the manufacturing period alone, but for this project the whole job has been condensed because the first we were made aware of it was back in January,” explained Scomac’s managing director Iain Munro.
He added that delays in the actual construction of the all-timber building, as well as complications with drainage, compounded the challenge it faced, while the late installation of a concrete floor in one of the bar areas meant Scomac had to assemble the bar outside and drop it in once the floor was down.
“It has been a major challenge in as much as everybody’s working to get every aspect of it finished and obviously the kitchen is the last thing to have gone in. But all in all everybody is pleased with what we have managed to achieve in such a short timescale,” said Munro.
Brands supplying equipment for the main production kitchen and first floor function kitchen include Alto-Shaam, Bonnet, Comenda, Convotherm, Foster Coldstores and IMC.
The visitors’ centre includes a high-end cafe serving main meals and function facilities for weddings, parties and conferences.