Salt Hill Activity Centre - Slough
Even when not acting as the main contractor KCCJ’s extensive project management frequently comes in handy, and so it proved at the Salt Hill Activity Centre in Slough.
The project, completed by Slough Urban Renewal as part of a 50:50 joint venture between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Limited, includes a trampolining zone, four bowling lanes and high wire climbing zone.
KCCJ was asked to tender for the project by Morgan Sindall and was subsequently awarded the contract to carry out the installation of a new kitchen that would serve the ten-pin bowling area on one side, and the high wire climbing zone on the other.
The original kitchen layout, created by the architects, contained a few anomalies that would undoubtedly have created operational issues but, using its own wide-ranging experience of commercial kitchen design, the KCCJ team was able to flag these up at the very first pre-site meeting thereby ensuring that any delays and potentially costly alterations were avoided. This meeting also provided KCCJ with the opportunity to suggest other improvements to the proposed layout, including the provision of bespoke stainless steel fabrication that would both fill the areas around the columns supporting the roller shutters on both sides of the kitchen and simultaneously hide some unsightly pipework – improvements which were subsequently approved.
The enclosed kitchen, which measures 10m x 15m, has access on two sides, to serve two serveries. The kitchen serves a wide range of takeaway items such as burgers, sausages, pizza and chips to customers of the bowling alley, whilst on the other side a servery counter opens out onto the high wire climbing zone. Along with the bespoke fabrication and servery counters KCCJ supplied and installed refrigeration from Williams, a Rational combi oven and a Hobart “pass through” dishwasher. Although KCCJ delivered all the equipment to site on day one the installation work ended up being done over the course of an entire month as the company’s install team was required to work around ongoing M&E work. This is where KCCJ’s experience of project management really came to the fore, because it allowed it to take a last minute change to the amount of refrigeration and freezer space required and a potential relaying of the floor, in its stride. Unfazed by this, the team was able to co-ordinate its activity with other contractors and ensure that the project, valued at around £90,000, was completed on time and within budget.