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Jo Leech, Pelican’s commercial equipment specialist, continues to advise clients on how to improve their kitchens and dining space – as she wrestles with supply chain issues that include lead times of up to 30 weeks on some commercial ovens.

One recent project saw the transformation of the refectory at Farnborough Hilll, an independent girls’ school with around 550 pupils aged between 11 and 18. “The servery area looked dated, and operationally, staff were finding it hard to work through the volume of pupils,” says Jo. It was clear that a revised layout, new equipment and refreshed decor would make a big difference to the school facilities, staff and pupils!

Key challenges

Mike Robertson, Bursar at Farnborough Hill School, adds, “It was time to upgrade, from a functional and aesthetic perspective. However, we knew that any update would not be without its challenges.

The School premises are a Grade I listed historic building, with substantial restrictions on making changes to the structure. There were several constraints, particularly with the flooring and the pillars.

Providing expertise and support

We started the project by consulting with the Head Chef to establish what would be required functionally. And then, we worked closely with Jo, who liaised with manufacturers and suppliers to execute the installation, which, while not without its challenges, was being completed during the summer holiday break. We also took this opportunity to redecorate the area and have the parquet floor refinished to complete the new look.

The new servery looks fantastic. We’ve got a beautiful space that’s far better than what it was, and what’s more, it massively improves the workflow for our staff and students.”

Mike Robertson, Bursar at Farnborough Hill School

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Joanna Leech has over 20 years of commercial equipment expertise and she will provide you with impartial, expert advice with full operational support. She will liaise with all the parties to fully understand your requirements and find the best solution that meets all your needs. Contact Jo if you have any commercial equipment needs or to get impartial advice at
or 01252 705 205.

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