Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, North Yorkshire first opened in 1939 and today it employs 1,100 staff and provides approximately 225 beds. Since undergoing a £21 million redevelopment in 2007 to modernise facilities, the hospital now serves a rural population of 122,000 people.
As part of an ongoing refurbishment plan, the Friarage’s kitchen facilities were completely shut down and PKL was identified as a partner who could build and install a temporary replacement kitchen and serving area, for 72 months, while a permanent solution was developed.
Designed specifically for the Friarage, the bespoke temporary kitchen featured a 60 minute fire rating which was necessary as the unit was joined to a permanent structure with patient occupied areas above and adjacent to the cooking area. Units also had to be tailor made to fit into an irregular shaped area with very limit surface or ariel access.
Says Mark Larking, Directorate of Service Strategy and Infrastructure at Friarage Hospital: “The temporary kitchen and accompanying serving facility has really benefitted us here at the hospital. I cannot fault how well the team at PKL managed the entire process from start to finish; any minor teething problems were ironed out very quickly and professionally. Most importantly, the staff and patients are happy with the quality of food they’re receiving and that’s what matters.”
Says Lee Vines, Sales and Marketing Director for PKL: “We are delighted that Mark and the staff and patients at Friarage Hospital are pleased with their temporary kitchen. Having worked with a large number of hospitals over the years, we understand the individual challenges presented by each site and the strain it puts on hospital catering facilities. Knowing that our work is making a difference to others makes it all the more rewarding.”
PKL Group is the UK’s leading supplier of temporary kitchens and commercial catering equipment for hire. The company has over 900 portable kitchen units, available for short or long-term rental, to provide catering facilities during refurbishments, events and emergencies. PKL also supplies permanent kitchen solutions, through both the contract rental of catering equipment and modular kitchen buildings.
Kitchen and servery facility for staff during refurbishment