Google takes radical new approach to staff dining

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Gourmet micro kitchens and a cafe chain concept imported from Holland are among the catering facilities incorporated into Google’s UK headquarters in King’s Cross, it has emerged.

The development of state-of-the-art foodservice facilities for staff has been two years in the making, following initial design work by Humble Arnold Associates and project delivery by C&C Catering Equipment.

Facilities ranged in styles and were split over several floors, from the Lower Basement up to Level 11, with main cooking areas on Level 1, Level 8, and Level 11.

The entire scheme is understood to be one of the largest ever in the B&I sector and saw the online search giant blend traditional staff eating areas with new concepts, including bringing Dutch cafe chain La Place over to the UK.

In order to fully understand the concept and create the best facility, C&C projects director Paul Parry flew to the Netherlands to visit six La Place locations in under 12 hours earlier in the year.

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A number of fabricators were used from the Netherlands to create an authentic La Place experience on Level 1, allowing the restaurant to provide its sustainably and locally sourced food, made from 100% natural ingredients.

Additionally, a training kitchen area, Kitchen Sync, was provided on Level 11 for employee well-being and personal development purposes. The concept allows Google to support its staff in enhancing their cooking and kitchen skills, and therefore creates a more empowered workforce in all areas of their day-to- day lives.

Diversity was also a key element of the Google project, with C&C installing equipment to allow the offering of dishes from around the world, including facilities for live Asian cooking, handmade pizzas, and fresh salads for a variety of preferences. With catering facilities to support a large selection of international dishes, Google is able to provide its culturally diverse team with special food items from all corners of the globe.

To complement the main food areas, stations providing fresh smoothies and juices were also created to allow the company to offer healthy, nourishing and made to order options to its staff.

Impressive Micro Kitchens were also installed by C&C, which were required to match the standard of gourmet locations and would later be managed by professional Baristas.

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