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The Brief

CHR were given a blank canvas and tasked with developing the food service equipment design alongside Spencer and the team at Crow Wood.

As easy as that sounds, with a blank canvas consisting of a ground floor with only steels poking up we became the Kitchen Architects.

The brief was to set out and deliver facilities to support the hotel & spa food and beverage offer to guests.

The 76 Bedroom hotel, would deliver a number of food service operations:
250 cover Italian inspired a la carte restaurant
400 cover banqueting and conference/events space
180 cover breakfast area
Room service
All day dining options on the restaurant
Full design for space planning
Grease/Waste/Mechanical and Electrical design
Finishes – In coordination with interior designers

Setting Out

The original architects Cad plan and the as built portal frame needed to be checked first. The building was out from the cad drawing to build by some distance in many areas. Additional steels had been introduced that were not shown on the drawing and we set about our own survey to enable us to have an overall size and exact setting out drawing for the design.

We have the facility and skill set at CHR to work in 3D, something that we have invested in heavily over the past 8 years.

We made the decision to draw this using our Revit capability. This process took us just over 8 full days to complete but would remove some the risk on the design, when design planning started.

It allowed us to provide the client with clear, operational drawings, reducing sign off time. It also improved accuracy by ensuring suppliers understand the equipment and allowing all our design work to be coordinated from the start. From floor drainage pop ups to above ceiling works (which included all the mechanical and electrical works), all of which was equally as important as the kitchen layout itself.

It ensured that everyone on the project had a space to run their services; gas, water, refrigeration pipe work in an orderly fashion, while maintaining details such as inspection hatches for duct work cleaning and additional supports for the overhead canopies and gantries were installed perfectly, We believe this up front work removed risk and cost for this type of project.

Specification and Sustainable Delivery

Having taken the time to show Spencer and the team various CHR sites and kitchens in operation, it was decided early in the process that an induction based, energy efficient solution was the way to go.

Using our own bespoke Eco chef suite would help Spencer achieve that vision and the tools needed for the Crow Wood Hotel while delivering a sustainable, energy efficient solution for the business. One piece tops and plinth mounted fabrication would ensure a hygienic solution would be delivered
This also fitted well with the sustainable ethos of the development at Crow Wood and Andy’s focus on using local suppliers and trades.

Installation and Handover

The flow on how to deliver over £900k of commercial catering equipment was paramount to the project success. We had created templates for the site as part of the first fix works which we delivered at the same time as running duct work, ventilation, cold rooms and plant for the high level works. Below, the steel templates were pinned down, pre marked up with the trades distribution points for all power and waste. This allowed the main contractor to be able to pour and complete concrete plinths once all high level works that required podiums had been complete.

Rethinking the way in

CHR designed the project to be delivered and installed with minimal cost impact to the client. Removing the need to split and re-weld bespoke cooking blocks and in doing so saved over £18,000 of installation costs by the factories and minimising site and programme time.

Each item was fully finished in the factory, signed off and export crated to site for off loading via HIAB.

Clearly this helped the customer by reducing their cost, but just as importantly it allowed us to deliver the suites and other fabrication in a reduced time within an almost finished environment, removing the need to be installing ahead of other trades thus helping to prevent damage or other site issues, as well as removing additional expense on protecting high end goods on a building site.

Customer Feedback

“The work carried out by CHR for me and the team at Crow Wood Hotel has been exceptional and we fully support your entry into your industry awards.

“Crow Wood Hotel is the final piece in the jigsaw for Andrew Brown’s Crow Wood Leisure complex, a labour of love that started nearly 20 years ago. The new hotel is fully operational and has already been well received by our team, the town and the wider hospitality sector and we are all very proud.

“It has been very reassuring to have you and the CHR team be a part of this big build. You and your team have been extremely patient and accommodating throughout the whole design process, being able to demonstrate to us a wealth of knowledge and completely understanding the needs of the business, what needed to be done and how that needed to be delivered.

“Thank you again”

Spencer Burge
Chef Director


Take a look around Crow Wood below here.

Our work at Crow Wood has been shortlisted in the CEDA Grand Prix awards 2020