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PKL temporary kitchen sustains hospital during major re-build

11 February 2010

PKL Foodservice has supplied a complete kitchen and restaurant facility to North Middlesex University Hospital (NMUH) to provide temporary catering facilities during a major re-build of the hospital.

Housed within a courtyard area, the PKL facility provides a kitchen and dining facility that serves over 5000 staff, visitors and patients a week – with separate food preparation areas to produce around 250,000 meals a year for the hospital wards. Installed in just six weeks, the temporary facility is expected to be in use for around 39 months.

As part of an £80m PFI project, NMUH is undergoing a major building programme that will renew around half of the Trust’s estate and co-locate all of its services within a single, state-of-the art facility.

The Trust was keen to minimise disruption to those areas of the hospital that remain operational, so provision of high quality catering facilities was a key criterion. From the very early planning stages of the project, PKL worked closely with catering provider Medirest (part of Compass Group) and main contractor Bouygues UK, to understand their needs and to ensure the temporary structure met those requirements.

"This is the best temporary kitchen and restaurant facility we have ever had," said Medirest Contracts Manager Dominic Donylal. "Customers are amazed at the quality of the facility when they enter the restaurant area and experience the bright, cheerful environment. It’s easily as good as many high street restaurants," he added.

Dining facilities within the complex include a main restaurant with hot and cold serveries and a Deli Marche coffee shop area. The retail unit can seat over 100 people at any given time. These areas are served by a full open plan production kitchen with separate cold storage, dry storage and potwash areas.

There are also separate food preparation areas for the staff restaurant and for the preparation of food going to the hospital wards. The latter uses Medirest’s innovative Steamplicity steam pressure cooking system, which maximises the taste and nutritional value of the food.

Ancillary facilities include customer toilets, staff changing and showering facilities and an office area for restaurant management.

Each section of the restaurant and dining complex was pre-fabricated at PKL’s production facility and delivered to site in modules for assembly in situ.


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