WilcoxBurchmore overhauls London’s largest conference centre

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WilcoxBurchmore stripped out the old servery to create the new-look Wesley’s Café.

Ruislip-based kitchen design house WilcoxBurchmore has completed a project at Wesley’s Cafe, located within Central Hall Westminster, London’s largest purpose-built conference and events venue.

As well as serving those using Central Hall Westminster, Wesley’s Cafe is open to the public.

WilcoxBurchmore’s brief was to redesign and refresh the old servery area, and update the freezer room and coldroom in the kitchen.

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The first thing the project team did in the servery was to separate the coffee bar from the main servery to free up queuing for customers who just want to have a coffee.

The firm also put in a theatre-cooking station for live cooking, and used a ventless cooking centre so extraction isn’t necessary.

The job involved stripping out the old servery, running new electrics within the area, building a new bulkhead, installing new flooring, a new servery counter and salad bar and separate coffee bar, new tables and chairs and banquette seating.

The biggest challenge was creating the new curved floating bulkhead which was 6metres wide by 2.5metres. The distributor reported that getting the weight spread right was crucial so it didn’t fall down.

One thing that wasn’t new is the floor. The parquet flooring is over 100 years old, but was reconditioned as part of the refurbishment.

The counters, drop in and coldroom were provided by Storers. The company also provided a newly-designed multi deck Airwing unit.

Prime cooking now takes place on a Blue Seal G56D six burner range, while the theatre cooking station was an Electrolux Libero Point Counter. Foster provided the undercounter refrigeration.

Director Michael Burchmore said: “We have used Storers for a long time – the quality of its work over the years has never let us down.

“It the same with all the equipment we put into our projects – we choose the equipment that we know and trust will do the work for the task at hand.

“We are thrilled with the overall result, as are the team at Central Hall Westminster.”

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