Posted by HVAC on 7th October 2015
John Lewis Partnership always strives to maintain its catering standards for both customers and partners alike. To this end, JLP called upon the services of HVAC to review the Kitchen Ventilation Systems at their Brent Cross Store with a view to upgrading the installation to meet current guidelines & best practice. Among others, these include the documents DW172, DW144 and BS6173.
The original installation was probably carried out during the early 1980’s and it was found that the ventilation, lighting, and ductwork were all insufficient and needed some attention. There was also a need to maintain food production and customer service for shoppers and partners throughout the refurbishment process.
HVAC designed a new array of kitchen canopies to ventilate the two main cooking ranges. The canopies were to incorporate full fume capture technology, return air facility and lighting, comfort spot-cooling for operatives and accessible infills to high level. We established that with modification, the ductwork and fans together with their respective controls, were still suitable for the job. This refurbishment inevitably required substantial work to the building finishes including a new suspended ceiling, kitchen-space lighting, emergency lighting and wall claddings.
As well as providing excellent customer support & liaison through the design & planning process, we were able to devise a programme of works which effectively split the kitchen space in two with temporary hygienic partitioning, so that one of the kitchen islands remained functional at all times. We also had to mind the intrusive noise issues and so worked predominantly at night over a 3 day programme. This enabled the kitchen to maintain customer service throughout our works. This clearly demonstrates how creative & flexible HVAC Ltd can be.
Having a long-standing & well established relationship, HVAC worked directly with John Lewis Partnership to see the project through and our contact at JLP stated:
“We are really pleased with the new, bright and airy feel that this refurbishment has brought and there is better collection of fumes from the cooking suites. We were very pleased that there was no interruption to business and that for the most part, we could continue our services as usual. Well done HVAC.”