Shropshire Food Enterprises Centre Refurbishment

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    CS Contract Furniture has provided the furniture for the newly refurbished areas of the Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre. The Centre has been developed to provide 12 food production units for start up and growing businesses with access to focused food business advice. The project encourages and sustains business opportunities for the local food economy.The Shropshire Food Enterprise kitchen has been designed to create a commercial and modern area. This has been achieved with stainless steel fittings, including a counter and bar style demonstration area.

    Contemporary furniture has been used to complement the modern style of the building. The furniture has been upholstered with green fabrics to coordinate with the Heart of England Fine Foods branded colours.

    CS Contract Furniture used their bespoke craft skills to develop truly individual products to meet the clearly defined colour and usage specifications. This included unique requirements such as laminate table tops in a branded green formica

    Louise Pickford, HEFF Business Development Manager, said: “The building is very modern with a heavy influence on stainless steel and glass so we wanted to use bright and inviting furniture in the cafĂ© and kitchen area using the green colours from our logo and branding. HEFF support local food and drink producers so we wanted to carry this ethos through and use as much locally sourced products as possible.”

    CS Contract Furniture understands the importance of limiting the environmental impact that business has on the climate. CS endeavour to maintain an environmentally friendly approach by: using timber harvested from temperate forests that are properly managed to FSC or PEFC certificate standards; recycling timber waste as efficiently as possible; allowing the local community to use their offcut timber for heating their homes; the use of state of the art capacitors to reduce consumption of electricity.

    The Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre TASTE Kitchen has been approved by BREEAM due to the use of solar powered heating and rain water recycling. BREEAM is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance.

    HEFF (Heart of England Fine Foods) has been appointed to manage the project on behalf of owners Shropshire Council with funding from Advantage West Midlands as they have the specialist skills to support local speciality food producers.

    Daniel Fountain / 23.09.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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