Upnorth Foodservice Equipment is helping a number of schools to revamp their dining facilities with the creation of specialist food kiosks.
The dealer was approached by contract caterer Taylor Shaw to design and install a brand new catering facility for Biddick School Sports College in Washington.
Upnorth came up with a bespoke concept called ‘The Hub’, which brings together a range of new catering equipment to provide hot and cold food and drinks for students on the go.
The pilot proved so successful that the scheme will now be rolled out to 12 more schools and colleges by the end of 2012.
Taylor Shaw’s operational manager, Alison Lisney, said: “With nearly 1200 students, our priority was to create an environment that would help reduce queues in the main dining areas and provide an additional modern and convenient dining environment within the school grounds.”
She said the company was willing to establish The Hub in more educational institutions across the north of the England purely off the back of the prototype’s initial success.
Tim Whitfield, director of Upnorth Foodservice Equipment, said the company already provides a “substantial” amount of food service equipment for schools, but expects its latest concept to strengthen its work in that sector even further.
“Innovative ideas and concepts like The Hub can only benefit more schools and colleges and help reduce the number of students going off campus and we are excited about the ongoing development of this project,” he said.