Spencer Monaco ltd was contacted by Clive Farmer who is in charge of facilities at the school and asked if we could design and cost a new food tech room based on the following brief:
Due to the range of complex needs of our pupils, our class bases are quite small, typically 6 to 8 pupils. The room designated is approximately 46 msq.
Although we currently have Food Technology provision it is unfortunately in an area of the school that is due to be refurbished as classrooms. Its present condition is such that its fixtures cannot be reused, and therefore we will be seeking a completely new facility. Staff have been consulted as to the pros and cons of our existing provision:-
What is GOOD about the layout What is POOR about the layout
• The amount of floor space in the actual kitchen area.
• The two separate cooking and washing spaces for two groups working at the same time.
• Washing Machine & Tumble Dryer • More accessible – adjustable work surfaces, tables etc.
• Barrier to cooking area – safety gates
• Oven & Grill doors slide under so no trip hazards
• Hob with touch controls
• Sturdier / lower stools or chairs
The current space is approximately 53 msq, and houses three standard electric hobs and integrated ovens, laid out as two side-by-side U shaped configurations, plus one stand-alone fully adjustable and accessible sink, hob and oven (although this is seldom used). There is a cluster space for 4nr high tables. Given the relocation to a slightly smaller room, the FT provision could be reduced to two cooker hobs and ovens, plus an accessible unit if the space / design is not conducive to match the current provision layout. Space consideration should be given to relocate the existing washing machine, dryer and dishwasher.
Given the requirements and the tight deadline as school holidays were fast approaching we headed straight to bristol on the monday morning to have a look and carry out a measurement of the area to see what design we could put together.
Our first hurdles to overcome was the provision of services to the room, there isnt any. The room literally is a classroom so new services had to be run from the boiler house and new elctrical fuse board had to be installed in the plant room as the current board was full with no extra capacity. next hurdle was where is the waste water going from the sinks and appliances like the washing machine and dishwasher. The drains outside are for surface water only not foul fortunately there used to be a sink in a classroom 10metres further down that we traced to foul , this was a lucky find. based on this we could design the room.
A 3d cad drawing was done (see below) to give the overall layout incorporating what the school had as a wishlist.
The school caters for pupils with learning difficulties so there are certain requirements ie colours so blue doors were chosen with grey cabinets and grey worktops and green as a feature wall. The suspended ceiling was a mix of eggcrate and normal tiles to allow light through from the roof lights but around the perimeter above the eggcrate had to be painted dark grey.
The cookers had to be Neff as they are the only company who manufacture slide and hide doors and the ceramic hobs where made by whirlpool as they produce a ceramic hob with knobs as all the rest have touch control.
Above the ceiling ducting was installed with a fan motor feeding 3 ventilation points for movement of air within the room and had to be extracted externally with attention being paid to the noise factor as it needed to be kept relatively quiet.
lighting was via LED Skytiles to give a nice even light coverage and for low consumption. All the electrics were designed and installed by David Banks Electrical, West Midlands.
The provision had to be made for wheelchair access within the room so a specially designed cooker unit was made with a drawer below and two adjustable tables with cooker and a hob each side to allow a pupil full inclusion to cook and washup with the other pupils.
the overall project from start to finish took 4 weeks not including the manufacture of the units and is ready for service in september 2016.
please see a selection of the photo's below.