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Kitchens team

Kitchen Refurbishment Project

鶹ӾCollege kitchen is undergoing a major refurbishment in 2024.

Kitchens team

Work has started on the new kitchen which has been designed to incorporate cutting edge technology. This will keep sustainable, quality dining at the heart of College life and follows the principles of our strategic plan. 

An outline of the Kitchen Refurbishment Project, with key dates and milestones,  is below.  This includes an overview of the changes to College life while the work is taking place. This will be regularly updated, so please revisit to find the latest news.

Project overview

Overview

From the informal cafeteria service, to Formal Halls and special dinners, our dining facilities provide a place for the College community to come together. 

The College has undertaken a master planning exercise which has set out opportunities for growth and development on the site. Central to this is a reconfigured and modernised catering provision, which requires refurbishment of the kitchen and increased dining capabilities. The College's values and strategic plan have influenced the design, including a focus on sustainability and accessibility.

The brief

Here is a summary of the main requirements of the finished project.

  • Kitchen - To create a highly efficient space with high quality, durable, and low-maintenance surfaces and equipment. The design should allow for future growth and higher capacities, and any technology or equipment should be future proofed. The equipment should be suitable for creating a wide range of meals.

    Both the working environment of staff, and provision for improved delivery and storage processes should be considered. Sustainability should be reflected throughout the design.

  • Ancillary areas - To create improved welfare areas for staff, as well as improved facilities for storage, access, and logistics.
  • Council room - To improve the space to make it suitable for meetings, dining, and a route for service.
  • Club room, bar, and servery - To design a well-functioning student space that also meets the back-of-house requirements of the servery, coffee bar, and bar.

Timescales

The refurbishment work began January 2024 and is estimated to last about 10 months. 

Details about the project and its timescale will be updated regularly.

Important news and updates

Planned work for Feb 19-26
Electrical work is scheduled to be carried out on the Selwyn Gardens gate on Wednesday and Thursday. The laundry will also be shut on Thursday 22.

Water outages
New cold-water feeds will be created as part of the ongoing work in the old kitchen. There will be periods when the water is disconnected to allow this work to go ahead.  The laundry facilities will close at 8am on February 14 and reopen at 5pm on the February 15. Please avoid scheduling any laundry tasks during these hours.   

Kitchen/Lee Hall covered walkway installation.
The covered walkway is now in operation.

Temporary bar
The new bar is now open in the Club Room from 8pm until midnight. 

Feeling peckish?
Chocolate, cake and snacks are available at the pop-up cafe in the Chancellor’s Centre, W Block, Monday to Friday between 09.30 and 16.30.

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See how the new kitchen arrived
On-Site Kitchen Rentals has made a three-minute film about our new kitchen's journey to 鶹ӾCollege. Watch it .

Meal times at the Lee Hall
All meals will now be in the Lee Hall. Breakfast will be available Mon-Fri between 8 and 9am. Lunches will be available from noon until 2pm, with dinners from 5.30 to 6.45pm.

New pop-up cafe
A pop-up coffee bar opened on January 16 in the foyer of the Chancellor’s Centre, W Block. Hot drinks and snacks will be available from Monday to Friday between 09.30 and 16.30.

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Schedule and key milestones

January 2024

  • Late January - Installation of covered walkway between the temporary kitchen and Lee Hall dining area. Works starts to remove asbestos from the old kitchen area.
  • 16 January- New pop-up cafe opens in the foyer of the Chancellor’s Centre, W Block (9.30-4.30)
  • 02 January - Temporary kitchen opens in the Betty Wu Lee garden and dining starts in the Lee Hall.

December 2023

  • 16 December - Closure of the old kitchen
  • 06 December - Temporary kitchen installed into the Betty Wu Lee garden by crane
  • 01 December - Coulson appointed as the main contractor to construct the College's new kitchen 
     
College life during the kitchen refurbishment

College dining

College catering facilities will be relocated to a temporary kitchen in the Betty Wu Lee Garden (behind Plommer House) with dining facilities in the Lee Hall. The cafeteria service will continue as usual, including the popular Monday Meal Days and Themed Thursdays! You can find out more, including opening times, on the Food and Dining page.

Formal Halls

Formal Halls will continue to take place throughout the refurbishment period - you can find out more on our Formal Hall page. The Lee Hall will be decked out with new tables and specifically installed lighting to ensure the atmosphere of Formal Halls is as good as ever.

Events in College

The College's rich programme of events will continue to take place throughout 2024, although some may take place in alternative locations if the Lee Hall is not available. You can check the location of events on the College's What's On page.

Sports and music practice

The College's Conferencing and Events teams have worked hard to ensure as many bookable spaces are available throughout the year as possible. Practice sessions that used to take place in the Lee Hall may be relocated to other suitable rooms in College. Contact the head of your sports or music group for more details.