Lady Margaret Hall, one of Oxford’s 40 colleges, is redesigning and refurbishing its catering facilities, a project which will take its kitchens out of action for a number of months.
As one of the premier colleges in Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall has 600 students in residence all year round, not to mention more than 100 faculty members and staff. The college considers catering to them all an important part of its pastoral care role, and was not prepared to compromise on quality during the refurbishment.
However, the nature of the College’s town centre site created significant challenges, and meant that it was vital the right temporary kitchen solution was used.
PKL was asked to submit a bid for the project thanks to the company’s history of supplying prestigious college sites, and has supplied temporary catering facilities for a number of other similar university projects.
After winning the contract, PKL was invited into planning and design meetings at an early stage for the project to ensure a smooth preparation and installation process, reducing disruption to the College’s catering operation. This involvement also allowed the College and PKL to work together to make sure that not only would the temporary kitchens be capable of supporting the planned menu but would also be compatible with the available power supply on site.
The College’s Bursar, Bart Ashton, who coordinated the new kitchen project as part of a multi-million pound revamp of Lady Margaret Hall’s facilities and accommodation, said he was pleased with the service and help he had received from PKL.
“We worked closely with our dedicated PKL project consultant and project manager to create the right temporary kitchen for the duration of the kitchen redesign. We were really keen to create a temporary kitchen that would allow us to maintain the quality of the food on offer to our students and staff as we passionately believe it is a vital part of our pastoral care.
“PKL’s reputation gave us confidence when we awarded the contract and we have not been disappointed – the planning has been smooth and although the space allocated for the temporary kitchen was very tight, the initial installation was completed in just one day and the handover took place on time.
“Thanks to the innovative solution PKL has suggested, there will be virtually no disruption to our catering operation.”