Google London’s St Giles building houses Google’s UK sales and media hub and with more than 1,500 employees on site, the demand for onsite catering is high. Project Manager Mark Roxburgh explains, “Ensuring the dining outfit was just as futuristic and funky as the rest of the building was integral to the project. Google wanted anything but a conventional commercial kitchen!”
The project valued at almost £1m included two new kitchens and service facilities across two different floors as well as “micro kitchens” on every floor for snacks and beverages.
In the main kitchen the open plan design provides an element of theatre to excite and offer transparency to diners. As much of the cooking and prep is on show there is only with a small prep area that is “back of house.”
There are two modular coldrooms and their doors are a bespoke design with windows and retro handles to be in keeping with the “theatre style” and they too are visible to the Googlers.
There are several buffet areas with a bread station and a soup station. An L-shaped run of counters provides a chilled display of salads and other cold items. The chilled wells have been tweaked from a standard counter design to incorporate an extra gantry, ensuring all the food is properly lit for maximum impact. Additional features include removable chopping boards to provide flexibility of display from breakfast to lunch.
The second kitchen on level nine functions as a pop-up restaurant. Although it’s smaller than the main kitchen, it still has the flexibility to provide a variety of cuisines from Asian to Italian.
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