As part of the future anticipated increased requirements, KCCJ Consulting were appointed by the Earls Court and Olympia Group to create a new production kitchen within their Olympia Central complex.
Earls Court and Olympia asked KCCJ to create a facility that would be capable of producing food for up to 2000 delegates or visitors at any one point in time. The area on the 2nd floor was withdrawn as exhibition space during Olympia London's £30 million refurbishment program including the upgrade of Olympia Central.
This space was identified as the most suitable location for a standalone kitchen that could service all Halls and Olympia's Conference Centre. KCCJ began by developing a clear understanding of what the opportunities were and from initial examination of the area it was immediately apparent that whilst an all new infra-structure would be needed and structural and regulatory limitations considered - all ideas were possible.
The new infra-structure would need to include the following: Waste water/drainage system Hot water production and distribution system Cold water distribution system Gas incoming supply and distribution Electrical incoming supply and distribution Ventilation system including kitchen canopies ductwork and fans New walls, floors and ceilings Fire protection systems Mezzanine plant room / platform Cold rooms Food preparation and cooking equipment
As the venue is of historical importance any proposals would need the full approval of English Heritage and an all new drainage system, ventilation system and fire protection system would need to be created to meet with the approval of Building Control.
KCCJ designed the kitchen to create the best possible operational kitchen within the confines of the space available and then developing the infra-structure to suit.
On completion the new facility includes: Bulk food storage Cold and deep freeze storage rooms Seperate hot and cold food production facilities Blast chilling and chilled holding Banquet cart parking and loading Two island cooking suites Seperate crockery and cutlery washing facilities Staff toilet, changing and rest room Catering office
The new facility met with the approval of Building Control and English Heritage and was constructed to meet the regulatory requirements and codes of good practice of the Environmental Health Office. The completed facility includes many state of the art appliances such as heat recovery on the dishwasher, UV filtration on the ventilation canopies and enzyme dosing to keep the waste system clean. KCCJ Consulting acted as a point of reference for the duration of the build and fit out process and KCCJ Building and KCCJ Projects successfully undertook the works.