Staff at the UK headquarters of HSBC now have access to state-of-the-art catering facilities following a major foodservice fit-out involving a string of new concepts.
A new main restaurant and kitchen, two coffee bars, hospitality kitchens, drinks stations and external barbeque stations have all been installed at the Birmingham site, which is part of the Arena Central development in the heart of the city.
Tens of thousands of pounds was spent on new catering equipment for the project, including Rational combi ovens and VariocCookingCenters, Falcon induction ranges, fryers and chargrills and Trak Systems counters and dishwash carousels.
Winterhalter dishwashers were also supplied, along with Big Green Eggs for the outdoor terraces. CED Fabrications provided the stainless steel fabrication.
Each area has been designed to provide a destination outlet, providing a carefully integrated catering option throughout the new building.
HSBC worked with its contract caterers, project management company Mace and kitchen design specialist RDA to create the trailblazing catering facilities.
Alex Bradley, director at RDA, said: “It’s been a pleasure to work on such a high-profile project. Our talented team of designers, QS and project managers have put a lot of work into this challenging project, which is clear to see from the results. This has become one of Birmingham’s most widely recognised buildings and we are delighted with the beautiful catering spaces we have created for HSBC employees to enjoy.”
As part of the project, RDA had to overcome some of the challenging design quirks of the building, which spans 210,000 square feet and 10 storeys.
The office is the first in Birmingham to be constructed to Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold accreditation.