Monday, 28 June 2010

Up on the Roof Top

PKL has supplied the temporary kitchens for the Studio East pop up restaurant facility that was recently launched in London.

The restaurant is located on top of a car park, 35 metres up in the air and is operated by Bistrotheque.

More information and photos of the installation can be found at the links below.

FT Online

For more information on PKL’s pop up restaurant facilities, please click here.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Breaking through the budgetary restrictions

As capital budgets are squeezed ever harder there are strong signs that many organisations are turning to outsourced and contract hire solutions that can be met from revenue budgets. So says PKL, the UK’s leading supplier of temporary kitchens and catering equipment for hire.

“There are many organisations, particularly in the public sector, where there is a desperate need to upgrade catering equipment or kitchen buildings but capital funds simply aren’t available,” notes PKL’s Lee Vines. “The long term hire of catering equipment, or even an entire new kitchen building, is a real capital-free alternative because the cost is met through a monthly fee. And the service provider assumes the financial risk relating to the equipment,” he adds.

PKL offers a wide choice of hire options, ranging from the ability to specify a complete kitchen equipment estate with inclusive service and maintenance, to permanent modular kitchen buildings that can be designed and configured to end user choice.

Using the contract hire option to procure new kitchen buildings or to replace or upgrade a current kitchen estate provides a viable alternative to capital purchase and is particularly relevant during the current squeeze on funding. In addition, outsourcing all service and maintenance means that there will be no additional costs once a kitchen is in place.

“It seems clear that we will see even tighter restrictions placed on capital budgets over the next few years but many organisations can’t wait that long to upgrade their kitchens,” Lee Vines adds. “We are happy to work with any of these bodies to evaluate their needs, identify the best solution and explore the options that are open to them,” he concludes.

More information regarding the contract hire of catering equipment or permanent modular buildings can be found by clicking on the links below:

Contract hire

Permanent modular kitchen hire

If you would like to discuss any hire or rental options with PKL, you can do so by either by phoning 0845 840 42 42 or emailing

Friday, 18 June 2010

PKL ensures continuity of food supply for Bedford nursing home

When the Airedale Nursing Home in Bedford embarked on a major refurbishment and extension project it was keen to minimise the disruption and inconvenience to its residents.

It was therefore decided to hire a portable, temporary kitchen from PKL to ensure that catering standards could be maintained throughout the duration of the construction work.

"I don’t know how we would have managed without the temporary kitchen and the service from PKL was excellent," commented the Home’s Dr Kamyar. "They understood our priorities and responded immediately whenever we required anything," he added.

The kitchen, a 30 foot PKL Mixed Double, was located in the car park and linked to the building by the PKL installation team to provide direct access to the main building.

For more information, please visit the link below:

Friday, 11 June 2010

Kitchens and Catering Equipment for Marquees

PKL provide a wide range of temporary kitchens and catering equipment for use in marquee kitchens. Our range of catering equipment for hire can be used to create preparation, production and regeneration facilities, while we also supply a wide range of serving equipment.

Catering Equipment for Marquees

Our vast range of catering equipment for hire is well suited for use within a marquee and we can provide anything from preparation and regeneration kitchens to full scale production facilities.

Temporary Kitchens for Marquees

An alternative to housing catering equipment inside a marquee is to hire one of our temporary kitchens, which are available in a number of different sizes.

For more information regarding our kitchens and catering equipment for marquees please visit the link below:

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Healthcare Kitchen Solutions

PKL provide a wide range of temporary kitchens and catering equpiment for the healthcare sector, to cover planned kitchen refurbishments, to provide extra capcity during peaks in foodservice demand or to provide catering facilities at short notice in emergencies.

We have supplied a wide range of solutions to both public and private hospitals, ranging from temporary staff and visitor restaurant facilities, to complete managed kitchens, to emergency cold rooms when freezers have suddenly gone down.

PKL is also vastly experienced in providing solutions to the residential care sector. We have developed the Care Home Kitchen, a unit which can produce anywhere from 15-250 meals per day.

Contingency planning is often a must within the healthcare sector, with a detailed contingency plan often requirement in hosptial and care home kitchens. PKL provides a free contingeny planning guide, which is available upon request by email or hard copy.

PKL is a Buying Solutions registered company, meaning that we are pre tendered to supply public sector and government contracts.

For more information regarding PKL’s healthcare kitchen solutions, please click here.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Early British Success at Winter Olympics

PKL Group have successfully completed the installation and handover of the temporary catering facilities for the Athletes Village dining complexes in both Whistler and Vancouver for the forthcoming Winter Olympic Games.

PKL, the Portable Kitchen and catering equipment hire specialists who operate from Bishops Cleeve, just outside of Cheltenham began designing the kitchen and dining complexes in August 2008 and have had a permanent project team stationed in Canada since July 2009 working on the build, installation and maintenance of both facilities.

The two, 4000m2 kitchen and tented dining complexes will be used to cater for around 8,000 competitors, officials and staff taking part in Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which commences on 12th February. All of the kitchen and servery equipment used in the two dining halls has been transported from PKL in the UK and will return to the company once the Games have finished.

PKL Group are no strangers to undertaking projects of this scale, having supplied similar facilities to the last three summer Olympic Games, including Beijing 2008, where the company's equipment was used to serve over 200,000 meals per day.

During a recent visit to see the facilities in Canada, Company Directors Chris Irving, Peter Schad and Lee Vines found the time to visit delegates from Sochi, to begin discussion about the Winter Olympics in 2014. Sochi in Russia, which coincidently is twinned with Cheltenham, was awarded the event in 2007 and has already begun preparations for staging the next Winter Games.