The University of Derby
KCCJ AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DERBY
There is an awful lot more to KCCJ than the design and installation of kitchen projects, as a recently completed contract at the University of Derby clearly demonstrates.
Before its design and installation team could even think about getting involved KCCJ had to send in its dedicated in-house construction team to completely gut the interior of the university’s main kitchen, the interior of which had remained largely unchanged for more than 40 years. During the ten week project, the first two of which were spent removing asbestos, KCCJ carried out extensive changes to every aspect of the building. With so many items of equipment added, removed or relocated since the building’s construction in the 1960s there were countless water, waste and electrical services, in various locations, that needed to be removed, along with a large amount of cooking and refrigeration equipment that needed to be safely disconnected, removed from the site and decommissioned.
Externally, the flat roof above the kitchen had to be made good, which meant putting up safety railing whilst the KCCJ team set about carrying out work that would not only make the roof fit for purpose but also ready it for the new extraction system. This extraction system would, in turn, allow a new ventilation canopy to be installed in the kitchen, replacing the existing unit which was both ineffective and unsuitable for the new kitchen layout.
Only when this work had been completed could the team start work on repositioning M&E services, chasing in new underfloor drains and modifying a number of internal structural openings to create a better, more efficient layout. KCCJ then set about re-plastering where necessary, laying a new ‘UltraFloor’ and fitting ‘Whiterock’ wall cladding, all of which would make for a more hygienic environment that would be easier for staff to clean and maintain. A new chef’s office, for which KCCJ even supplied the lighting and desks, and staff toilet facilities, were also created within the new layout. The final stage, prior to the installation of equipment from leading suppliers such as Foster and Electrolux, was the installation of a new purpose built ventilation canopy, coldrooms, refrigeration and the positioning of service spines for the cooklines which incorporate open burner ranges, fryers, chargrills and combi ovens.
The number of students attending the university has grown enormously over the last few years and the main purpose of the refurbishment was to enable the catering team to cater for this whilst also offering a much wider range of freshly prepared items including sandwiches, baguettes and food to go. The kitchen additionally acts as a central production unit for a number of smaller, satellite kitchens situated across the campus.
Despite the very tight schedule, which saw the KCCJ construction team on site six days a week at the outset and round the clock as the installation neared completion, the project was delivered on time, and within budget, ready for the start of the new academic year in September.