Hospitality Equipment – Hides Camp Kitchen Renovation
Hides Camp kitchen gets full renovation and upgrades thanks to TE (PNG)
Hides Camp Komo services several hundred staff each day, providing meals, accommodation and other facilities for the workers in the area.
The camp kitchen was built about 2008, when the workforce was smaller. However, with growth in the area and more than a decade of constant use, the kitchen had become tired, equipment was failing and the whole kitchen needed renovating.
The operators decided it was time for a full upgrade, to ensure dining services would be sufficient for both current operations and future growth.
Hides is located in the Southern Highlands Province. Access in and out of the site is limited; equipment and parts have to be bought in via long distance road or helicopter.
Staff travel to the site on charter flights; you can’t just go down to the local hardware store if you have forgotten something.
There was a strict timeline on the upgrade because it is a working kitchen, feeding hundreds of people every day. With multiple areas requiring strict coordination while continuing to provide food, the logistics and planning were crucial to a successful project.
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The mess facility was required to be stripped back to bare bones:
- The flooring needed replacing.
- Fire check sheeting needed to be installed around the kitchen.
- New internal walls and kitchen outline were needed for optimised working flow.
- The existing fire suppression system required replacement.
- The hygiene stations for staff and diners also needed replacing.
TE (PNG) proposed a new commercial grade Andersens vinyl flooring solution to cover the 740 square metres.
Our commercial catering team worked closely with the chefs and their kitchen team to optimise the kitchen layout for best workflow and assisted with the set-up of this.
The kitchen area had 10 mm fire check sheeting installed, a 2.5 m and 3 m extraction system was installed in the kitchen and full framing and plaster board sheeting of new kitchen walls was achieved. A fully certified fire suppression system was installed for kitchen safety. New ceiling tiles were fitted and overall, the entire area was refreshed.
A system of eight sensor-driven hand basins and four sensor hand dryers were installed to ensure hygiene was kept to a high standard.
The entire solution was installed and painted in only a couple of weeks.
Hides Camp Komo can now easily keep up with the daily demand for breakfast, lunch and dinner, whilst diners eat in a modern and clean environment.
Maintenance costs have been minimised, staff are using modern service equipment and overall, the team was pleased with the results provided by TE (PNG).