Prestigious Oxford University college project is top of the class for RDA 25th September 2017

Our top-class experience in educational catering recently saw us transform the catering facilities at a college of one of the UK’s most prestigious Universities – Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford.

Lady Margaret Hall provides a vibrant academic community transforming the lives of hundreds of students. Its students enjoy all the benefits of a traditional Oxford education within a warm, open and informal environment.

The Litmus Partnership were engaged to design and specify the new catering facilities and we secured the contract to develop the design, and supply and install the new kitchen and servery facilities for the college.

Part of a major refurbishment to modernise its catering space, the project presented a number of challenges. We had to be sympathetic to the building’s listed status as well as working within the main contractor’s tight programme to deliver the facilities, ensuring the minimum disruption to the students’ study.

Due to constraints with gas and electricity supplies on site, the equipment specifications had to be carefully considered in collaboration with Litmus and the College before being selected and tight access routes and limited time windows meant deliveries had to be well managed..

The result is a fresh and contemporary space which includes a new self-help service counter, a flexible solution for formal dining and the introduction of a new dedicated pastry section.

Joe Parfitt, Partner at The Litmus Partnership said: “Oxford College refurbishments demand attention to detail and flexibility to overcome the many quirks of both their buildings and catering services.  RDA proved again they were a worthy partner to turn a design into reality”.

LMH Domestic Bursar added: “RDA became an integral part of our project team and were highly professional from day one.  The results have transformed the experience for our students, staff and visitors, and they have helped create a first-class facility that we are all proud of”.

The project is part of RDA’s continued success in the independent schools and colleges market, which includes University College School London and Collingwood College, Durham.

We’re currently looking forward to this year’s Foodservice Cateys awards where we are proud sponsors of the Education Caterer of the Year category.

Find out how our team can help with your next education catering project, call us on 0844 873 4993.

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