Wednesday, 28 October 2009

PKL at the Olympics - Beijing 2008 Athletes Village Kitchen and Dining

The Beijing Summer Olympics was the largest Olympics ever – and this was also true of the athletes dining facility in the Olympic Village. There were 16,000 athletes and officials from 204 countries, as well as 10,000 staff and guests – all to be fed 24 hours a day. 

Working through the master caterer ARAMARK, PKL were responsible for the design liaison, specification, supply, installation and 24 hour maintenance of all the foodservice equipment and coolroom facilities, in an area, which covered 20,000 sqm or three soccer pitches. 

To ensure a successful delivery, PKL established a project office in Beijing 12 months before the Games began. In addition to permanent PKL management and engineering staff, a team of Chinese project managers, translators and administrators were employed overcome any language, cultural and technical hurdles. All facilities were designed in full compliance to local fire, hygiene and construction standards. 

The key operational factor of this project was the ability of PKL to utilise prefabricated complex Portable Kitchen modules, and ship them worldwide quickly and cost effectively. All the equipment used was from the PKL hire fleet and at the end of the Games was re-hired to other projects.

For more information on our installation at the Athletes Village in Beijing, please click on the link below:

Friday, 23 October 2009

PKL Group Gas Safe Accredited

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

Business Awards Success for PKL Group

PKL Group has won the Business Innovation award and was named runner up in the overall Business of the Year Category at this year’s Gloucestershire Business Awards.

The event, which showcased the best in Gloucestershire businesses, was held at Cheltenham Racecourse and was attended by nearly 650 people. Over 300 companies throughout the county entered.

PKL Group won the award for Business Innovation, gaining recognition for a number of products including the KitchenPod and KitchenFM as well as delivering innovative solutions at large scale events, such as the Athletes Village Dining and media catering facilities at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Judges were particularly impressed with the innovative culture that runs through the company and the attitude of management to develop and encourage innovation from staff throughout the company.

The awards add to a successful year for PKL, who received a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the International Trade category in April.