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CHR EQUIPMENT Drives Improved Performance….

Investment in student facilities is not only helping Birmingham Metropolitan College provide a hub for industry resource, but is resulting in a 50% improvement in cash generation in one area alone- with help from CHR Equipment.

The College, which operates across three sites, is in the process of executing a strategic plan to refurbish its James Watt campus to provide students and the local community with industry standard resources to help them achieve their goals; its latest OFSTED report rated it ‘outstanding’ in its provision of training in integrated manufacturing technology, high technology engineering and enviro-technologies.

A central element of the refurbishment has been the upgrading of the 12 years-old student canteen, to create a facility which the students would enjoy, and would ‘charge their batteries’ for their studies. CHR Equipment, one of the UK’s leading commercial kitchen companies, has transformed ‘The Engine Room’, creating a stylish and efficient area and enabling turnover to increase by almost 50%.

To ‘fire up’ The Engine Room, CHR Equipment worked closely with the College and contract caterer Redcliffe Catering. The old canteen has been completed replaced, with a new kitchen and service section, and re-styled seating area, carefully designed to enable efficient food preparation and service flow, whilst providing a light, welcoming environment.

John Starmer, Birmingham Metropolitan College Estate Director, observed, “Good, healthy food provides the fuel for us all to function efficiently. The new canteen is genuinely becoming the engine room of the campus, seeing an increase in the number of students using it. It is now a welcoming place to go, providing good value food via a range of hot and cold dishes, deli and pasta bars, and snacks.

“Students are staying on campus more, and sales in The Engine Room have increased 46% since it opened.”

The Engine Room at James Watt is the latest CHR project in educational establishments, proven to enhance performance: at St Helens College clever refurbishment of the old kitchen generated savings of £0.25m which enabled the College to apply for a second phase of development.

Founded 20 years ago, CHR Equipment (www.chrequipment.co.uk) has built a reputation for consistently delivering practical solutions, applying innovative thinking and utilizing developments in technology to create commercial catering solutions on time and to budget. Its clients include Lancashire County Cricket Club, Holiday Inn, BMW, and Premier League headquarters. Further, it has for the third year in succession won a CEDA (Catering Equipment Distributors Association) Award, each win being in a different category, demonstrating the company’s versatility and expertise.

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