Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Our Christmas contingency guide can be downloaded for FREE and gives 24-hour contact details for PKL over the Christmas period, emergency temporary kitchen and catering equipment information.
The guide also contains information on extra cold storage facilities and equipment that may ease the pressure on your kitchen over the Christmas period and a contingency check list of considerations to make, if you are faced with a kitchen emergency.
To download our FREE contingency document, click here. Alternatively, if you would like to receive a hard copy version, send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
For more information on our installation at the Athletes Village in Beijing, please click on the link below: http://www.pkl.co.uk/foodservices/portablekitchenhire.asp
Friday, 23 October 2009
PKL Group and all of our engineers are included on the Gas Safe Register, ensuring that the company works legally and competently within current legislation when installing items of gas powered catering equipment.
The Gas Safe Register deals with all aspects of the downstream gas industry covered by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and the Gas Safety (Installation and Use). Regulations 1994 as amended and applied by the Gas Safety (Application) Order 1996 in the Isle of Man.
Friday, 9 October 2009
The awards add to a successful year for PKL, who received a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the International Trade category in April.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
The project was in response to an urgent kitchen enquiry and design and brief costs were supplied to the client within a matter of hours, while the first portable kitchen units were dispatched from the UK within 72 hours.
The Portable Kitchens were transported by heavy-lift Antonov transport planes and installation of the first facility commenced within 12 hours of arrival.
This project best demonstrates PKL's unique rapid response capabilities previously exercised in Bosnia and Kosovo.
Within the UK we deal with emergency enquiries on a daily basis, and are able to supply Portable Kitchens and catering equipment for hire at very short notice. Typical emergencies we are asked to provide temporary catering facilities to cover include kitchen fires, kitchen flooding and unforeseen kitchen closure.
Friday, 4 September 2009
We supplied nearly 500 items of event catering equipment from our stock of over 8,000, including hot and cold servery counters, beverage boilers, catering sinks, wash hand basins and sundry servery items.
With so many athletes to feed in such a short time period, the organising committee needed to be sure that the foodservice equipment was able to cope and met the most rigorous of food hygiene standards. PKL was first choice.
We project managed the entire delivery and installation procedure and had trained engineers on site at all times to service the equipment during the operating period.
PKL has long been associated with the world's major sporting events and have provided Portable Kitchens and first class event catering facilities to the World Student Games, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games - but the All African Games was a first.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
The complexity of the project meant months of site assessments and design drafts to allow for a workable facility in this location. The only way to construct a facility using mobile kitchens to meet all the catering needs and site requirements was to build upwards.
It was the first project of this type for PKL and the final design comprised a 4-level, 8 unit stacked system using ISO Portable Kitchens.
A link into the service areas of the Great Hall was incorporated and deliveries to each level of the facility were achieved by means of a hoist on one side of the gantry. A staircase was also built alongside the units to provide access to other levels.
The Great Hall stands amongst many other buildings in a small lane, PKL devised a carbon filtration extraction system that ensured any escaping grease or fumes would be caught preserving the buildings and immediate environment.
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Friday, 7 August 2009
The athletes village dining facility catered for 10,000 athletes and 6,000 staff, and was capable of serving 60,000 meals a day and included seating for nearly 5,000 diners while kitchen and dining facilities supplied to the Media Press Centre (MPC) catered for up to 5,000 media personnel 24 hours a day.
These were assembled in the UK and shipped, fully fitted to Doha. As well as equipment, the Portable Kitchens also contained the extraction systems, fire systems plus all wiring, plumbing and requisite health and safety features necessary for operation in Doha.
PKL are experts in delivering large scale temporary kitchen facilities for major events, and have also supplied similar facilities for the Commonwealth games in Manchester and Melbourne and the last three Olympic games.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
As part of an £80m PFI project, NMUH is undergoing a major building programme that will renew around half of the Trust’s estate and co-locate all of its services within a single, state-of the art facility.
The Trust was keen to minimise disruption to those areas of the hospital that remain operational, so provision of high quality catering facilities was a key criterion. From the very early planning stages of the project, PKL worked closely with catering provider Medirest (part of Compass Group) and main contractor Bouygues UK, to understand their needs and to ensure the temporary structure met those requirements.
“This is one of the best temporary kitchen and restaurant facilities we have ever had” said Medirest Contracts Manager Dominic Donylal. “Customers are amazed at the quality of the facility when they enter the restaurant area and experience the bright, cheerful environment. It’s easily as good as many high street restaurants,” he added.
Dining facilities within the complex include a main restaurant with hot and cold serveries and a Deli Marche coffee shop area. The retail unit can seat over 100 people at any given time. These areas are served by a full open plan production kitchen with separate cold storage, dry storage and potwash areas.
There are also separate food preparation areas for the staff restaurant and for the preparation of food going to the hospital wards. The latter uses Medirest’s innovative Steamplicity steam pressure cooking system, which maximises the taste and nutritional value of the food.
Ancillary facilities include customer toilets, staff changing and showering facilities and an office area for restaurant management. Each section of the restaurant and dining complex was pre-fabricated at PKL’s production facility and delivered to site in modules for assembly in situ.
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
PKL supplied an open plan kitchen and dining complex to feed up to 400 pupils at Winterbourne Infant School in Croydon. The kitchen and dining complex is providing the school with a semi-permanent solution and will be on-site for several years until a new permanent facility is built.
The kitchen provides fresh preparation, hot production and cold storage facilities to ensure that healthy school meals can be prepared and served on-site, while space is provided for over 200 pupils to dine in one sitting.
“The new kitchen is better equipped than its predecessor, so we have more scope to enhance the meals in line with best practice for school meals. This arrangement transfers all of the financial risk relating to the equipment to PKL so the Council is not faced with any unforeseen expenditure.”
Pearl Knights, London Borough of Croydon
The procurement process was undertaken utilising the Buying Solutions agency. Buying Solutions enables users to maximise value for money in their procurement activities by leveraging public sector purchasing power in order to deliver significant cost savings. Users are fully compliant with EU purchasing legislation and statutory regulations, ensuring best practice.
To view our complete range of solutions for the education sector, please see our education microsite http://www.schoolkitchens.com/
Friday, 17 July 2009
Commercial kitchen rental services from PKL have allowed us to provide many facilities.
After a fire completely destroyed the MOTO service station at Birchwood we rebuilt a complete temporary facility. Every area of the service station was designed, provided and constructed by PKL, creating a complete modular temporary structure.
The complete facility included, kitchen and dining area, snack shop and male, female and disabled toilets, including baby change room. The PKL built facility was operational within 3 weeks of the initial phone call, using traditional building methods this would have taken over 12 months.
We assign a PKL Project Manager to all commercial kitchen rental projects to ensure all processes run smoothly from initial design through to installation and commissioning. A time line and mandatory health and safety information will be provided at the beginning of every commercial kitchen rental project along with risk assessments, method statements and a safety plan for the works.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Thursday, 2 July 2009
PKL were responsible for the specification, supply and installation of all the foodservice equipment at the main dining facility within the Athletes Village. This amounted to over 1,500 items, all of which were also maintained by PKL. The kitchens were 1,250m2 and the dining hall 5,000m2, allowing seating for up to 2,000 people at any one time.
All the foodservice equipment was provided from the PKL hire fleet and the key to the success of this project was the prefabrication of complex Portable Kitchen modules off site. These were assembled in the UK and shipped, fully fitted to Melbourne.
As well as equipment, the Portable Kitchens also contained the extraction systems, fire systems plus all wiring, plumbing and requisite health and safety features necessary for operating in Melbourne.
PKL are experts in delivering large scale portable kitchen facilities for major events, and have also supplied similar facilities for the Commonwealth games in Manchester, the Asian Games in Doha and the last three Olympic games.
Thursday, 25 June 2009
The events, held aboard the ship, required extra catering facilities for which the Royal Navy turned to PKL to provide a portable kitchen facility.
Docked in Portsmouth the portable kitchens, pre fitted with the catering equipment, were craned onto the deck of the ship and lowered down the flight deck before being secured in place, as the ship would be at sea during the events.
All electrics had to be made compatible with that of the ships electrics to allow the catering equipment and extraction to function Our Project Management team were able to quickly commission and install all the kitchens and catering equipment within just 5 hours.
To read more, please follow the link below.
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Friday, 12 June 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
The mobile kitchens had to be positioned along a severe drop between listed trees, and were joined by walkways enabling access into the existing dining room.
The emergency kitchen facility was successfully installed within a week and remained in place for a further 16 weeks. The facility consisted of production and preparation mobile kitchens as well as two servery units, three coldrooms, a dry store and offices.
To read more about this case study and to find out more about the wide range of work that PKL undertakes in the education sector, please visit the links below.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Working to a tight deadline, PKL supplied a 560m2 System Kitchen to site, 13 weeks after receiving the order from the main contractor. The kitchen was delivered fully equipped and was handed over to the client eight weeks later.
The System Kitchen was built using off-site construction techniques, which greatly reduced the overall lead-time of the project. The kitchen, which contains a number of unique features, is designed to blend in with its surroundings and is fully relocatable so that it can easily be moved to another part of the site if needed.
PKL has over 20 years’ experience of designing modular buildings and, using the very latest off-site construction techniques, has delivered many System Kitchen projects throughout the UK.
A System Kitchen can adhere to the latest in prison design specifications, while being tailor-made for the facility in question. It can be adapted according to the equipment required, the amount of people catered for, staffing levels and the number of meals that will be served each day.
Specifying a System Kitchen can drastically reduce the overall timescale of a project, as design and off-site building takes place at the same time as work on the construction site. The kitchen arrives on-site fully equipped, negating any fit-out time, and it is ready for connection to the required utilities.
PKL provides a complete ‘turnkey’ solution covering design, planning, construction, M&E, equipment, installation, commissioning and service.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Temporary kitchens can either be linked to existing buildings or supplied as part of a kitchen and dining complex. We have a range of over 900 Portable Kitchens and ancillary support units ensuring that we can supply the temporary catering facilities to suit your exact requirements, regardless of whether you are serving 10, 100 or over 1000 meals per day.
For our complete range of temporary and permanent kitchen and dining solutions for the education sector, please view our brand new website www.schoolkitchens.com
Monday, 4 May 2009
PKL offers a wide range of solutions to the education sector including temporary kitchens for school kitchen refurbishment, KitchenPods (new school kitchens for primary schools), permanent modular kitchens and a wide range of catering equipment solutions for existing school kitchen facilities.
Schoolkitchens.com also provides a wide range of information to schools and local authorities with regards to funding initiatives available to them for development of school dining facilities, who to contact for more information and relevant organisations who able to provide more information about school kitchens and school catering issues.
Thursday, 30 April 2009
With PKL installing, managing and maintaining the catering estate at the Alexandra, the Trust management are free to concentrate on the day-to-day running of the hospital and focus on looking after patients.
Through KitchenFM, catering equipment is supplied capital free, with the hospital paying a fixed, off-balance-sheet monthly payment. The catering equipment was supplied by PKL direct to the NHS trust and was delivered and installed within 6 weeks of receiving the initial order.
To read more about our installation at the Alexandra Hospital and for further infortmation regarding the wide range of catering equipment and Portable Kitchens for hire offered by PKL please click here.
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Friday, 20 March 2009
The pages include equipment manuals and operating instructions for items of commercial catering equipment, including commercial 6-burners, microwaves, dishwashers, combination ovens, bratt pans, industrial fridge/freezers and food preparation equipment.
The new section includes service and operating manuals for a number of commercial catering equipment manufacturers including Meiko, Falcon, Electrolux, Falcon, Williams Hobart and Angelo Po.
To view the page and download the manuals, click on the following link, www.pkl.co.uk/foodservices/catering-equipment-manuals.asp
Friday, 13 March 2009
Our design service covers:
- A full knowledge of commercial kitchen design and planning regulations
- Site visit if required to overcome design issues
- Provision of CAD kitchen designs
- Full consultation through kitchen design process to ensure facility meets exact requirements
- Full adherence to health and safety requirements
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
Our products are specified for a wide range of requirements including a complete new kitchen, temporary kitchens for times of refurbishment and catering equipment for the education sector.
Croydon Council – 2 permanent modular school kitchens
Cardiff Council – Temporary and permanent facilities on 3 schools sites
High Storrs Comprehensive – Temporary Kitchen for BSF refurbishment
PKL are a Buying solutions accredited supplier, meaning local authorities and schools can procure products and benefit from cost savings leveraged from using a national government procurement organisation. This is turn helps local authorities meet spending targets set by the Government.
The use of Buying Solutions also means that users are fully compliant with UK and European procurement legislation.