The two storey building includes three training kitchens on the ground floor - one for catering, one for pastry and one for bakery - along with a full production kitchen and a restaurant where the public will be able to dine on food prepared by the college’s students. The Centre also provides classroom facilities at first floor level. Steven Hunt & Associates carried out a full thermal modelling exercise on the building to develop a business case for the specification, delivering a cost effective specification in terms of both installation and running costs while balancing the need to pass Part L.
A small CHP unit has been specified to contribute towards the building’s heating and energy requirements, enabling the facility to pass Part L without inflating its running costs. The remaining heating load will be provided by four gas fired boilers and ceiling-mounted radiant panels will be installed in the classrooms to maximise internal space and offer a cost effective solution.