Central Production Kitchen – Nuclear New Build Site

Designed to supply canteens and restaurants across one of Europe’s largest construction projects,

the Central Production Kitchen will be required to produce around 10,000 meals per day

TCi won a £3.9m contract to build the hi-spec 10,000sqft food production facility at Junction 24 in Bridgewater, to be operated by Somerset Larder, a consortium of local food producers.

Preparation and delivery

Working with architects Smith Gamblin, TCi finalised building design and construction programme in line with the client’s project delivery timescale, in order to meet the growing demand for catering provisions.

With the site secured and safety procedures in place, ground works commenced on 7th August 2017, preparing footings for the steelwork, utilities and drainage. By week 5 the first steels arrived onsite and the structure took shape over the following 6 weeks.

The plant room mezzanine was constructed and all concrete floors laid by week 17, allowing the installation of plant to begin, including HVAC and M&E provisions alongside a 26,000l water storage tank and emergency escape routes.

Scope:

  • 4500sqft food preparation & production areas
  • 2100sqft cold room areas
  • 5000sqft mezzanine supported by 50 upright steels
  • 4800sqft plant room
  • HVAC & Extraction plant installation
  • Administration office
  • Hygiene stations
  • Wet-room Wash-up and cleaning areas
  • Commissioning, handover & documentation

Progress

Works were closely monitored by the client and stakeholders, ensuring the building specification is adhered to strictly and all safety procedures are upheld. Exceptional quality, safety and security standards apply across all elements of the Nuclear New Build project.

Completion

Due to the large amount of equipment installed, including cold rooms and walk-in freezers, ovens and food preparation appliances, commissioning took place in stages.

Handover took place in April 2018 in time for the kitchen to become operational, with all equipment installed and ready to use on occupation.

A comprehensive O&M manual has been completed and handed to the customer in physical and electronic formats.

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