Case Study: Stoke Newington School


Willmott Dixon are one of the UK's largest privately owned construction, housing, property care and investment companies with a broad range of clients. They have been working on the redevelopment of Stoke Newington School and sixth form in Hackney, London. Following a recommendation from Balfour Beatty Construction Services, Dawsonrentals temporary kitchens were approached to supply a temporary catering solution, based on the success of a previous project.

Under the governments BSF programme Stoke Newington School planned to rebuild the outdated building and to restore a more positive learning environment for both students and staff. A new replacement kitchen and dining area was due to be constructed during the building period and therefore a temporary facility that could operate as a traditional kitchen with commercial catering equipment was required.

Dawsonrentals worked closely with the project team at Willmott Dixon to design a tailored solution to meet the specifics of the site. Beginning the process with a comprehensive site survey of the existing site, services and foundations, one of the project's key challenges was to incorporate the client's existing foundations. Successfully liaising with the schools catering team we were able to design the internal positioning of the catering equipment based on the catering staff requirements and their methods of working.

The temporary kitchen facility consists of a Crusader production kitchen, Commander food preparation kitchen, Companion pot wash, an integrated walk in cold storage unit, ambient storage with COSHH cupboard and a toilet/changing facility with bench, lockers and wash-up for the kitchen staff. All six units were installed and linked via a food safe corridor, which is connected to the dining bay at one end and has a 'goods in' delivery ramp at the other. The six bay modular dining hall has two lines of servery providing hot/cold food and a 'grab & go' sandwich section both with chilled display units and tills. Access to the complete facility consists of two Disability Discrimination Act compliant ramps and one Part M compliant steps with platform. To further assist Willmott Dixon during this program of works Dawsonrentals also provided a 4 bay modular building to be used as a dance studio, complete with heating and various floor finishes.

All of the client's requirements were met with the flexible and tailor made solutions supplied by Dawsonrentals. With top level accuracy, planning and by installing the temporary dining facility on existing foundations, we were able to offer savings on the installation costs and exceed the client's expectations.

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