Gloucester-based catering equipment manufacturer and outfitter Target Catering Equipment has helped to put Amici Catering & Co’s plan for The George Hotel, Andover into action.
The operator submitted a planning application for ‘Change of Use’ for the site from a Public House to four units with multiple uses of retail, financial services, restaurant/café, drinking establishment with residential flats above, subject to conditions, back in December 2017.
One of the conditions from Test Valley Borough Council restricted the listed building from use as a restaurant/café by prohibiting the use of cooking equipment such as ovens, grills, chargrills and deep fat fryers except without the use of an approved internal ventilation system.
Target was selected as specialist commercial kitchen extraction design consultants to prepare a suitable ventilation system design and specification that would adhere to the planning authorities’ requirements.
A main concern was that the property required a ventilation system which could withstand the demands of a commercial kitchen whilst remaining within the property. As found with many listed building, conservation and planning officers stipulate that there must be no changes to the external appearance of the building, hence this specific condition being applied.
Target designed and specified a complete commercial kitchen ventilation system to suit the proposed kitchen layout and equipment specification. As the kitchen was designed with all-electric commercial kitchen equipment, there was no requirement for a high-level exhaust to atmosphere to dispose and disperse the harmful by-products of combustion and an alternative recirculating option could be implemented.
The system specified uses patented technology that removes particulates and odours and returns air independently certified as clean.
Independent air monitoring specialist Validair confirmed: “The air quality from the proposed system is very clean and maintains a level of around ISO Class 7-8 for smaller particles. The larger particles are arrested during cooking periods and for these sizes ISO Class 5-8 is seen.
“This means that the air returning from the proposed system unit is around a thousand times cleaner than typical atmospheric conditions.”
By specifying this type of recirculating extraction system Target made a previously unfeasible location for a commercial kitchen within a listed building, into a viable option, with the condition being fully discharged by the local planning authorities.