Rapid kitchen conversion ensures on-site catering service for virus recovery facility

Cambridge Park, North Lincolnshire, Covid-19 after-care facility

A local former care home in North Lincolnshire has been converted into a new 50-bed Covid-19 after-care facility for recovering patients, complete with a kitchen to provide an one-site catering service.

Catering equipment distributor Sylvester Keal was contracted to strip out all existing kitchen equipment before conducting a full clean and service prior to re-installation at the Cambridge Park facility.

It also removed all service pipework and electrical containment so the kitchen could be deep cleaned and re-floored, then installed all brand-new pipework to meet new regulations and electrics to meet current regulations.

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Sylvester Keal then tested and commissioned all newly installed appliances.

The scaled down team of engineers had to complete this £40,000 project quickly, with a two-week deadline set from start to finish.

The dealer’s catering engineer, Ben Keal, reported: “One of the biggest highlights was being asked to deliver and manage this project in a timely manner against a short deadline with a very small team, and factoring in current coronavirus social distancing measures made me feel very motivated to achieve this.

“Receiving appraisals from council leaders and MPs for the excellent workmanship and final results of the project was a huge boost to me and the team. I personally felt humbled to be helping my local community in this current crisis.”

The project certainly posed a major challenge as there were many contractors working in close proximity within the kitchen, trying to observe social distancing rules, as well as working seven days a week for long periods of time to meet the specified deadline.

Mr Keal added: “We all felt the pressure to deliver on time knowing the facility was needed for ill patients. Due to the quick turnaround of this project, unforeseen problems occurred which needed strategic decisions to be made quickly, efficiently and under budget.”

Maidaid Halcyon supplied an Amika pass through dishwasher, with Blue Seal supplying a new six-burner range cooker and there were various other items of reconditioned equipment

Also, Sylvester Keal worked alongside local contractors such as Topcon, Lincs Electrical, Fred Margarson and Portlock Painting.

Robert Wager, Maidaid Halcyon sales director: said: “Maidaid is proud to have supported Sylvester Keal in such a great project that has helped both key workers and patients who need it most.”

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Andrew Seymour

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