Space Group were assigned as Principle Designer and Contractor to design, supply and install a brand new catering facility which consisted of a commercial kitchen, serving area and dining room.
The facility incorporated two railway arches that had been leased from Network Rail, sitting directly beneath the Battersea Park overground train line. This was a challenge due to Network Rail having to carry out a structural integrity survey of the arches every 6 years. Therefore, we had to ensure the internal cladding to the archways was demountable for inspections. The facility had to serve visitors to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (BDCH) as well as the public, meaning access was required via both sides of the train line.
The kitchen required catering stores, prep area, cookline, pass and wash-up facility, whilst the servery needed to accommodate a chilled grab and go offer, impulse items, hot meal of the day, soup, cakes, bakes and coffee. The back of house area had a reduced head height and was extremely narrow, we were able to specify particular equipment, which would be suitable for both the challenging space and the food offering available.
The dining area was designed with a mix of loose tables and chairs, soft lounge chairs, high poseur and bespoke banquette seating, providing an interesting and flexible environment suited to all types of consumers. Due to future inspections of the brickwork, we specified modular banquette seating with the ability to remove the seat pads.
Battersea is the perfect example of how we, as a design and fit-out company, can not only collaborate with many other experts within the construction industry, but also deliver a full turnkey project for our clients.
“The Space team where proactive through from concept to installation, understanding the needs of an in-house staff facility combing with a public facing café. Fully engaged throughout the design process engaging with our in-house design team, catering consultants café operator and many other third parties they arrived at an acceptable solution in terms of design and budget. Despite the difficult and restricted site conditions, within a two railway arches, the construction team proved to be efficient and courteous resulting in an excellent product which was completed on time and in budget”
The bespoke banquette seating
How we utilised the small alcoves between the two arches to house two back-to-back bespoke cutlery and condiments units, manufactured in-house
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