Caterer lands giant foodservice contract worth £60m

Chartwells

Education caterer Chartwells has been awarded the biggest single site foodservice contract that has come to the higher education market in recent years, following a competitive tender process.

Valued at £60m, Chartwells will deliver an innovative and ambitious food offer that will enhance the student experience at Brunel University London.

In a further commitment, Chartwells is investing £2m over the life of the contract that will transform the student experience, including the creation of a central student hub and cinema zone.

The seven-year contract, will see Chartwells run all the foodservice operations on the campus including restaurants, cafes, Students’ Union, hospitality and conferencing, as well as working with various brand partners.

In total, Chartwells will run 16 outlets which will provide food and drink for the 14,000 students and staff who work, study and live at the site. A 150 strong Chartwells team will oversee operations from May 2017 onwards.

Chartwells will introduce a series of bespoke brands such as BRU (coffee offer) and 1966 (the year the University was founded) in a nod to the heritage of the University, named after the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

John Carlin, managing director, higher education and further education at Chartwells, said: “Winning the biggest single site foodservices contract our sector has seen in years is a fantastic achievement for us and one that reflects our innovative approach and commitment to exceeding the expectations of our clients. Brunel University London has a wonderful history which we wanted to pay tribute to, so we have come up with a number of ideas to bring it alive through our foodservice offer.”

Tracy Strachan, director of commercial services at Brunel University London, said that Chartwells was appointed as it demonstrated outstanding creativity and innovation. “We believe that having an excellent and varied food offer is essential to ensuring we are delivering a great campus experience and will complement our ambitious development plans for the University and its community.”

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