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CDG transforms the dining experience at All Hallows School

Commercial kitchen and restaurant design company, Catering Design Group (CDG), has completed an ambitious design project at All Hallows School, a comprehensive school and Sixth Form College in Farnham, Surrey.
Following a competitive tender process, All Hallows School awarded the £380K contract to CDG who provided a full interior design consultancy and project fit-out.
The brief was to transform the school’s existing kitchen space, servery and dining area into a vibrant, contemporary facility to reflect the school’s ethos and quality standards.
Caroline Antrobus, Bursar, said; “This latest investment supports our vision of providing a whole school experience for our students. We wanted a truly beautiful space for our students to give them somewhere that is a genuine break from studying so that they can eat in a relaxing and sociable environment.
“I love that all of the spaces are so different from each other, but still work together as a whole. It is transformational, and I hope that this is a space the students will want to come and spend time in with each other and enjoy it for many years to come.”
Phil Howard, founder and managing director of Daventry-based CDG said: “It was a pleasure to work with such an enthusiastic and supportive client who loved our website, our approach and the innovation we demonstrated throughout the design process.”
The project was not without its challenges, as Phil Howard explained: “The original servery and seating areas were split on multiple levels. Ramps located between the levels created an awkward and restricted space so one of our main challenges was how to work with the space to give maximum usable footprint.
“ A key element of our design was to even out the floor level where appropriate to maximise the potential of the space.”
Re-designing floor levels and stripping out unnecessary columns and beams improved the ambience and created a more streamlined backdrop for key design elements including a bespoke ‘honeycomb’ lighting feature to add interest and impact.
When it came to the kitchen fit-out, CDG drew on its proven design experience to upgrade the facility to meet the needs of the busy on-site catering team. Existing equipment and services were out-dated and the kitchen area was uncomfortable to work in and difficult to keep clean. Introducing modern cooking equipment including Rational Vario Cooking Centres has improved cooking methods, increased efficiency and provided maximum flexibility to vary the menu offer.
“As in any commercial kitchen, a school kitchen brigade has to work under pressure so a kitchen design has to work ergonomically at every level to support the service”, said Phil.
“All Hallows School now has a stunning new space where students and staff can eat and mingle. It’s not only aesthetically pleasing, but it works on a practical level also, from the smart working kitchen to the smooth flow during service. We are thrilled that our shared vision for this space has been so well-received by everyone at the school.”


Gira UK introduce New BIM Download Service online

Gira, one of the world’s leading full-range suppliers of intelligent system solutions for building management, is pleased to announce a new BIM download service on its website:
The new BIM Download Service from Gira is an intelligent 3D model-based process that enables premium specifiers like interior designers, architects and property developers the insight and tools to efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage intelligent buildings.
Offering the ability to download data directly from its website, luxury specifiers are now able to equip buildings with the latest technology without trouble as Gira provides even more information on its range of intelligent build solutions to the masses, available in ten languages at the push of a button.
Making it easier than ever before to gather information for project estimates and client presentations, Gira has created an online overview of building technology so that trade professionals can stay up-to-date with the latest new products and company developments from Gira: at your convenience.
Choose from a wealth of information like new products and updates, tenders, price information, operating instructions, brochures and advertising materials – it’s like having your own personal Gira specialist on hand!
To ensure accuracy, the new BIM Download Service from Gira is real-time operated, meaning its content will automatically update as soon as new lines become available. Other helpful elements include an extensive image library, technical specifications and respective certifications for product assurance.
This new service also makes way for the market-leading and free Project Assistant software by Gira, used to manage multiple smart home projects and save specifiers time by simulating and modelling systems. The Gira Project Assistant is crucial at every stage of the design journey and eases the planning process when integrating all the technical aspects including door communication, security, alarms and home automation – and now you can access it online!
Mark Booth, Managing Director, Gira UK comments “We are delighted that this new service will furnish our customers with more information on Gira, with a view to assist design and installation professionals anywhere, anytime. As the evolution of the smart home continues to move at such a quick pace, it is vital for us to provide the luxury specifier with as much information as possible. Creating a dedicated download service online for essential data files means more people can discover the right Gira solution on a project-by-project basis.”


NEC launches new range of Direct View LED solutions to revolutionise the way you display

New dvLED screens provide large-scale and plug-and-play visualisation in even the brightest environments
NEC Display Solutions Europe today announced two new ranges of Direct View LED screens that will enable any business to deploy high-resolution, dynamic content in any environment.
NEC’s FE Series LED Bundles are complete solutions for different-sized screens starting at 110’’, ranging from 1.2mm to 3.5mm pixel pitch for the sharpest resolution up to ultra-HD (UHD). Equally capable of wall-mounted or free-standing installation, the solutions deliver great visualisation for clean and seamless installation wherever businesses need it.
The LED FE Series is perfect for business applications such as large-scale presentation displays and conferencing screens as well as video walls in auditoriums – all without a distracting bezel. The bundles deliver everything needed for wall-mounted installation and instant set-up. With its flush backside and internal-only cabling, the FE Series is designed for full front maintenance and can be installed extremely close to the wall for more space as there is no need for heat management.
NEC’s LED A Series digital poster is an ultra-slim and lightweight display designed for mobile signage and wayfinding applications. It is perfectly suited to replace roll-up banners in event and retail environments. The A Series features true ‘plug-and-play’ operation thanks to its integrated media player, enabling businesses to deploy instant playback of images and video content.
In addition, the LED A Series is designed to be extremely robust and is finished with a protective layer to ensure it cannot be accidentally damaged when installed in busy public areas, ensuring protection and longevity for your investment. Meanwhile, both the LED FE and A Series feature high contrast levels in even the brightest environments.
“Digitalisation has led industries, from retail to transport and corporates, to seek technologies that provide compelling visualisation in a wide range of settings, and in a way that’s sustainable, power-efficient and high-quality,” said Tobias Augustin, Manager Product Management at NEC Display Solutions Europe.
“With the new LED FE and A Series, NEC has combined German engineering with Japanese quality control to create a range of robust screen solutions that are perfect for so many applications, from video walls for presentation and infotainment to mobile, dynamic wayfinding and advertising in airports and retail stores. By deploying dvLED, quality viewing experiences are created for everyone, displaying dynamic and compelling content that demands attention.”
After the acquisition of S[quadrat] in 2018, NEC’s LED solutions are the result of an intensive product development process, driven by the needs of NEC’s customers around LED technology. To ease the transition within the AV sector, NEC offers both a standardised package solution for easy installation, and a plug-and-play solution for the easiest initial operation.

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