St Clare’s College – Kitchen and Dining Hall

Project Overview:

PSP were appointed by St Clare’s College to provide full quantity surveying services on the project to deliver an extension for a new kitchen and the alteration works to the existing building to form a new servery and extended dining hall. The upgrade of the facilities has been of great importance to the college, and required the continual use of the kitchen equipment and dining space throughout.

The Design:

The project was split into phases over the site, with the kitchen extension built first to allow for the kitchen staff to continue service throughout, then re-locating into the new facilities at the end of Phase 1. The specialist college kitchen was efficiently designed with technologies to ensure the environmental impacts are minimal. The space has new services, including mechanical extract to the kitchen equipment.

The remaining phases then involved stripping out and opening up the existing kitchen and dining facilities on the ground floor of the existing building to create fully refurbished and extended servery and dining hall spaces.

Construction Characteristics:

The main installations and alterations to the building include:

Other characteristics include:

  • Connection to the existing building of the new reinforced slab and services avoiding the existing services
  • External cladding to match the neighbouring buildings comprised of reclaimed bricks and tiling
  • Specialist equipment to the servery
  • Specialist catering equipment to the main kitchen, pastry, pot wash and changing rooms
  • Specialist storage spaces including a cold room and walk in freezer
  • Fitted furniture to the dining hall
  • Finishes generally hygienic and robust
  • Replacement of the M&E systems throughout
  • Discrete rooftop plant area concealed by louvres
  • Temporary walkway from the new kitchen to the existing dining hall to accommodate the phase overlap

Procurement Process:

The project was procured traditionally under a JCT Intermediate Building Contract 2016 with Contractor’s Design elements. With a Schedule of works, negotiation was carried out to ensure the tender was competitive and the complexity of the project was fully understood and included in the tender pricing and programme. The project was split into phases to minimise the disruption to College life.

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