The Brief: To design a state of the art banqueting kitchen in the basement of No 1 London Wall, a magnificently refurbished livery hall.
Plaisterers’ Hall is the largest and one of the finest Livery Halls in London. Opened in 1972 and situated in the heart of the City of London, it reflects the grandeur of a bygone era but in an ultra modern setting.
After a major renovation and facilities upgrade following redevelopment of the One London Wall site, Plaisterers’ Hall has reopened to once more provide catering for corporate entertaining, conferences, receptions, exhibitions or wedding receptions.
At the heart of the catering operation is the majestic space that is the Hall’s banqueting kitchen – a space to make many chefs green with envy thanks to its size, equipment and layout – designed by Derek White FCSI of Foodservice Consultants.
Recommended by the architects for the refurbishment project, FSC Ltd were charged with designing a kitchen for up to 500 for a formal lunch or dinner or 600 for an informal event.
One of the key ingredients of a successful banquet is that the chefs have adequate space to plate up, garnish and dress their dishes to create maximum visual and culinary effect.
Plaisterers Hall is blessed with a large kitchen kitted out with the latest in catering equipment but probably the least ‘hi-tech’ items are the traditional hot cupboards with overhead infra-red lights – workhorses of the cheffing profession and tools which allow the chef to work their art in comfort.
“We are delighted with the result,” says George Grover, Clerk to the Plaisterers Hall. “Derek brought the project in on time with some cost saving achieved on the original budget”.
“He was involved with the project for more than 18 months, liaising with the architect, negotiating prices and monitoring the activities of the suppliers and the kitchen installation company. It is a magnificent kitchen.”
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