St Michales Care, Westgate
|Who we worked with||St Michaels Care Home|
|Completion date||October 2019|
|Project duration||3 weeks|
- CAD design
|Key brands used||
- Blue Seal
St. Michael's has a long history of caring, having been built as a convalescent home in 1895; more than a century on and according to carehome.co.uk, is one of the highest-rated care homes in the Thanet area!
During our first visit to the site, it was described to us as "a hotel with nurses". Its appearance both inside and out is of high quality so an equally high standard was required in the commercial kitchen.
The original kitchen, probably last fitted out in the later 1970s, whist spotlessly clean, was getting tired and had some layout inefficiencies.
Our work involved the kitchen, two storerooms and the adjoining corridor. With the kitchen team working out of a less than ideal temporary kitchen elsewhere in the building our instruction was to concentrate on completing the kitchen first then to deal with the adjoining rooms as a secondary task.
Once the strip out of old catering appliances and extraction canopy was completed we allowed some time for the site's own electrician to get the first fix done before we moved in. The new extraction canopy and stainless steel wall cladding went up first followed by adding Bioclad Upvc hygienic wall cladding to all surfaces.
The floor was latexed next followed by adding Altro stronghold 30 slip-resistant flooring.
Second fix for electrical and plumbing works next followed by the installation of a suspended ceiling with LED flat panel lighting.
All that was needed now was new catering appliances, refrigeration and stainless steel fabrications which were delivered on a very rainy day making for a particularly difficult installation for our installers - they got it all done though!
We were then able to hand the kitchen back to chef Simon and his team then move onto a final week's work on the storerooms and corridor Bioclad and Altro.
In all a thoroughly enjoyable project, working in great surroundings with nice people who are as delighted with the end result as we are.