PKL supplied and kitchen and dining facility for rental at Reaseheath College during a refurbishment programme.
Reaseheath College is one of the leading specialist land-based Colleges in the UK, with nearly 7,000 students from over 110 local authorities and a dozen countries studying on site. The college is set in enviable surroundings – amongst 330 hectares of farms, parklands, lake, woodland and sports facilities, including its own golf course.
When the funding for £30 million refurbishment of the college was withdrawn due to the collapse of the LSC in January 2009 Reaseheath had to put on hold plans to build a contemporary new catering building. In January 2011 an alternative proposal for new catering and dining facilities was given the go ahead the college found a partner in PKL through the tendering process who could provide a temporary kitchen and dining room facility for the six months it would take to carry out the building and refurbishment project.
The temporary kitchen, with adjoining dining room facility, serves food to around 1500 students, staff and visitors a day, including meals to the 500 residential students living on the campus. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and as well as being a dining area for students and staff; it also supports the college’s conference facilities.
Says Mark Embrey, Director of Resources at Reaseheath College: “The modular kitchen and dining facility has been a great success here at the college, and I cannot fault how quickly the team at PKL managed to get the whole process up and running, I believe it took less than two weeks. Many of the students have told me they find the facility a really great addition to the college – it has plenty of natural light and stays warm even in wintery conditions. I’m tempted not to give it back to PKL as it has been excellent.”
Says Lee Vines, Sales and Marketing Director for PKL: “We are thrilled that Mark and the staff and students at Reaseheath College are happy with their temporary Kitchen. We have constantly made sure that we are in regular contact with the college, and that if any problems have occurred throughout the six months, that engineers have fixed them quickly and efficiently. Unfortunately we will have to collect it when the hire is over though!”
PKL Group is the UK’s leading supplier of temporary kitchens and commercial catering equipment for rental. 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.
Temporary kitchen and dining facility
Kitchen and dining facility to feed staff and students