Mitchells & Butlers - The Freemasons Arms Pub & Restaurant
Not every project that KCCJ gets involved with is months in the planning. Sometimes events dictate otherwise, as was the case at the Freemasons Arms on Hampstead Heath following a major fire.
The kitchen at the Mitchells & Butlers owned site was completely gutted by a fire just as the pub was in the middle of one of its busiest trading periods, and so the onus was on KCCJ to help get it up and running again as soon as possible.
The first objective was to identify, where possible, what equipment was in the kitchen at the time of the fire and produce a layout for M&B’s in-house design team who are responsible for designing any new kitchens across the company’s estate of more than 2000 sites. All the existing equipment had been completely destroyed so this process allowed the M&B team to assess not only what new items would be required, but also whether there was a need to change the existing layout and add/remove certain equipment based on the pub’s current menu.
Identifying the equipment was not an easy task for KCCJ given that much of it was covered in foam, and ankle deep in water, but despite this they managed to carry out a site survey and produce a layout of what had been in-situ within a week. M&B took the opportunity to change the structural arrangement of the kitchen in order to improve the work flow in the kitchen and returned to KCCJ with a new layout detailing the equipment required.
After a few revisions, some minor and some major, the last of which involved swapping two areas around completely KCCJ were shortly back on site to carry out the installation of the new equipment. The new walls and the addition of a column in the centre of the kitchen made getting the new equipment in place a little bit tricky, especially the larger items such as the combi oven, refrigerated counter and dishwasher. It is also worth noting that the pub re-opened front-of-house just days after the fire, with the kitchen area screened off, and so KCCJ needed to be mindful of this during the installation process.
However, thanks to careful planning, installation of the project was completed within just three days which meant that the kitchen was up and running again a little over two months after the fire.