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Sigma sets up catering operation for giant temple

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Sigma Catering Equipment has installed the kitchen and servery area of the first Sikh temple to be purpose-built in the North East.

The £2.7m Gurdwara in Newcastle, which is crowned by a 12 foot gilded dome, has taken more than 15 years from concept to completion, and is funded entirely by members of the Sikh community.

As the building is used for worship, education and community activities, a commercial catering area was a key requirement of the design.

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The kitchen needed to be able to serve up to 500 people on a regular basis, as well as cater for large weddings and functions.

“Food will play an important part in the life of the building,” said Chris Keith, director of Wallsend-based Sigma. “The volunteers who run the catering very much wanted a traditional kitchen; a lot of food is prepared over open gas flames or large pots, so we installed six burner oven ranges, fryers, stockpot stoves and an existing pizza oven – which is used to cook pizza for children.”

One unusual item was a bespoke sink, measuring 900mm x 900mm, with a pre-rinse, for washing the large pots used for cooking rice and curries.”

With much of the dishwashing done by hand, Sigma specified a Meiko FV40.2 undercounter dishwasher, which is mainly intended for glassware, and a Disperator waste disposal unit.

The temple is based in the heart of Newcastle, overlooking the city centre and St James’s Park football ground.

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