AB Hotels’ Sopwell House in Hertfordshire has begun a refurbishment of the kitchen for its Brasserie restaurant.
The hotel, owned by the Bejerano family, has called in KCCJ to provide a full turnkey, covering all aspects of the project from initial designs to handover.
Work will include strip out, new constructions to create an infrastructure for the new kitchen, electrical and mechanical services, supply delivery and installation of the food service fabricated items and equipment, ventilation extract and modifications to the cold room.
The Brasserie is the more informal dining room at the Pride of Britain property, serving an all-day buffet and A La Carte British and Mediterranean menu in the evenings.
KCCJ was the company appointed by Sopwell House in 2016, for the overhaul of the hotel’s kitchen for the two AA Rosette restaurant.
The brief was to design a new kitchen for the restaurant that met the hotel’s operational requirement, and then develop the design to include a new infrastructure.
The company designed dedicated areas for prep, pastry, cooking and wash-up for longevity and sustainability was also a key requirement.
Energy efficient induction units, planchas and multi-function cooking appliances were installed and other improvements included a new ventilation system with modified fans for both extract and make-up air, new coldrooms, refrigeration, blast chillers, combi ovens and cooking equipment from leading manufacturers such as Valentine, Lincat, Falcon and Frima.
Sopwell House is a four-star hotel St Albans, part of AB Hotels, which includes The Arch in London. The hotel is run by the Bejerano family, headed up by brothers Rafi and Alon, and was first opened in 1986 by their father Abraham.
The property is home to 128 bedrooms and suites including 16 individually designed Mews Suites.
There is also a 2 AA rosette restaurant, brasserie, conservatory bar, cocktail lounge, 14 conference rooms for social and corporate events.
News emerged earlier this year of plans for a new £12m spa to be unveiled at the property next year.