Achieving in excellence
Prospect House was built in 1795 by Hugh Cholmondeley as a new home for Malpas Grammar School which had been founded in the 16th Century probably in a room over the Church porch. The house gets is name from a roof platform from which the surrounding ‘prospect’ could be viewed. Prior to becoming a nursing home for a large part of the 20th century it was a doctor’s surgery.
Prospect House aims to achieve excellence in nursing care and to extend that to everything that it does, with 56 rooms the Home is registered to care for up to 60 People. In 2018 the care home was awarded the coveted ‘Platinum’ status by the Gold Standards Framework for Care Homes. KCM Catering Equipment were initially Contacted by Northstar Projects with a view to providing specialist design input for the
catering areas within the premises. Working alongside the team from Prospect House and Northstar, KCM submitted a design and specification for the project that was incorporated into the scheme. KCM Catering Equipment were appointed to complete the refurbishment of the catering facilities by Principle Contractor for the project, RS Burgess & Sons with works starting in June 2019.
The new kitchen was previously a lounge and dining area, so works commenced with a complete strip out of the space to allow progress with other elements. With a fifteen day program of works from the initial strip out through to handover it was critical that all trades were well coordinated to achieve the timeframe. Working with project partners Caterbuild UK and alongside RS Burgess & Sons, the fit out of the new kitchen consisted of new flooring, suspended ceiling, hygienic wall cladding and new water, waste and electrical services and lighting throughout. In addition a new kitchen ventilation system was installed over the cookline consisting of two existing Rational combination ovens, Lincat fryer and a new Lincat OPUS 800 induction hob. By moving over to induction the kitchen will not only save energy but be more productive than the gas hob that it used previously. Service was also enhanced with the inclusion of a Lincat Panther mobile hot cupboard ensuring the storage and delivery of food to residents in the best condition. A new Williams Refrigeration walk in chiller was integrated into a corner of the kitchen greatly increasing the capacity of refrigerated storage and at the same time making good use of an awkward part of the kitchen, this was supported by a reach in Freezer from Hoshizaki. Bespoke fabrication was fitted throughout the kitchen to make best use of the available space from specialist Bridge Catering Fabrications.
One of the key considerations during the design process was the ability of the Prospect House catering team to have an efficient waste and washup area. KCM turned to waste specialists IMC to incorporate the WasteStation, this allowed for the care home to not only make the process far more efficient, both in terms of staff time and waste collection costs, but to also ensure that they are at the leading edge of likely legislation preventing the use of food waste discharge to the mains waste system. The dishwasher from Meiko is also key to the care home incorporating thermal disinfection to the Ao30 standard, assisting with the safety of all residents, guests and staff.
KCM Catering Equipment Director Alistair White commented “The works at Prospect House Care Home were a great success, providing a new kitchen from start to finish in just fifteen days on site. Central to this was a good planning, a strict program of works alongside close teamwork with the Principle Contractor and client. The premises was occupied throughout the works adding an additional layer of complexity. The care home now has a state of the art commercial kitchen facility to allow them to continue to serve their residents the very highest standard of dining as part of their all round excellence.”