KCCJ AT LEON, PADDINGTON
Whilst KCCJ has expertise in a wide range of disciplines including building works, specifying, designing, shopfitting and installing, not all the work it undertakes requires these disciplines. Sometimes an operator is simply looking for a safe pair of hands to supply, install and project manage, as was the case at the newly opened Leon site at Paddington Station.
Operator SSP has a very clear vision of its requirements for these sites and has a trusted team of designers and shopfitters charged with the task of delivering the correct look and feel for the highly successful Leon brand. However, no two sites are ever the same and KCCJ was called upon to work with the shopfitters to make minor adjustments to the kitchen layout and produce working drawings that were specific to the Paddington site and in particular the very tight constraints of the floorspace and the ceiling height, both of which presented their own unique challenges.
“Although we work with SSP on a regular basis this was the first time that we had worked with the Leon brand and so it was particularly important for us to have a very clear understanding of what was required,” says KCCJ Project Manager, Wendy Pierce. “Once we had fine-tuned the design of the kitchen, including repositioning the ovens to take into account the restrictions on space, the real work, project management, began.
“Paddington is one of London’s busiest terminals and so as well as liaising with all the other contractors involved on the project, including builders, M&E engineers and shopfitters, we also had the added challenge of meeting the demands of Network Rail, as well as working around the many thousands of passengers who use the station every day.”
In order to ensure minimal disruption installation took place over one weekend and involved KCCJ transporting kitchen equipment through the public areas of the station, whilst adhering to all the relevant health and safety requirements that such actions involve. The station is, of course, very old, and access to the Mezzanine area, where the Leon outlet is sited, could only be gained via the stairs, except in the case of one or two smaller items that were able to be transported in the goods lift. And, because the route passed through public areas KCCJ also had to photograph the glass panels adjoining the stairways and balconies, both before and after installation, to show that these remained undamaged during the work.
Working hand-in-hand with the various other contractors, and despite the numerous restrictions placed upon it, KCCJ delivered the project on time and within budget.