Over 20,000 journalists supported by 3,500 staff covered the Summer Olympics operating from the Main Press Centre (MPC) and International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Beijing.
Working through the master caterer ARAMARK, in total PKL supplied and installed 13 different kitchen, dining and servery areas to these buildings. This included over 600m of shop fitted food service counters, café bars and beverage outlets plus two main central production kitchens and two staff dining areas.
The unique factor for all these installations was that both IBC and MPC were permanent buildings, and the foodservice areas had to be developed into the spaces available. This led to challenges whereby both main kitchens were constructed in basement areas. BOCOG were responsible for the supply of all lead up services, but PKL had to liaise locally with Chinese building contractors to ensure that all gas, water, electric, air conditioning, lighting, extraction and floor finishes were specified and installed to plan.
To ensure a successful delivery, PKL established a project office in Beijing 12 months before the Games began. In addition to permanent PKL management and engineering staff, a team of Chinese project managers, translators and administrators were employed overcome any language, cultural and technical hurdles. All facilities were designed in full compliance with local fire, hygiene and construction standards.
“I wanted to thank the entire PKL team in Beijing for your stellar performance during the 2008 Summer Olympics.
From the initial concept meetings over three years ago, to the completion of operations, PKL proved once again to be a trusted partner to our ARAMARK team and consummate professionals to the Olympic and Chinese community.
I look forward to working with the PKL team on future projects around the globe.”
Marc Bruno, President Sports, Entertainment and Conventions,ARAMARK
- PKL installed 26 catering operations
- Production capacity of 200,000 meals per day
- 6,000 items of catering equipment shipped from UK
Beijing Olympics 2008
Temporary Kitchens for IBC / MPC kitchens
To provide 24/7 catering for 20,000 journalists and support staff for the duration of the Games.