TAG Catering Equipment is delighted to announce that it is a double award winner at the ceda Grand Prix Awards 2020 in the Design Projects and Project Management Excellence categories.
The ceda Grand Prix Awards 2020 were held on 4th March 2021 as part of the ceda Digital Event, following the postponement of the main conference and awards in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. The Grand Prix Awards are a highlight of the catering equipment industry calendar, recognising excellence in the hospitality and foodservice supply-chain.
TAG’s first award win was for its project with Brother Marcus, as they took on their third and largest site in Spitalfields, London. With a tight-budget, TAG was able to design and deliver an installation that far exceeded expectations, with a theatre-led front-of-house kitchen and refurbished Charvet cook suite.
The second award is for Project Management Excellence, following the delivery of 8 catering facilities, including four bars, three kitchens and 1 buffet survey for Warner Studley Castle. It was delivered under extremely challenging conditions with multiple stakeholders, a construction-site environment and only 6 months lead time.
You can find out more about both projects below.
“We’re delighted to have won at the ceda Grand Prix Awards” commented Tyron Stephens-Smith, Project & Creative Director.
“It has been a particularly challenging 12-months for hospitality and the wider supply chain, to say the least, so it is nice to have some positivity and see our projects recognised in such a way.
“We have never won in these award categories before, so are very pleased as it demonstrates our ability to deliver projects of all sizes and through different procurement frameworks.
“Thank you to our suppliers and partners who helped to deliver the projects”.
TAG also had three other projects shortlisted, including those for a 5* Hotel on Park Lane, Julie’s Restaurant and The Grove. Find out more here.
Brother Marcus – Spitalfields (Design Projects £50k – £200k)
Brother Marcus is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with existing locations in Angel and Balham, London. By their confession, it was time to “grow-up” and open their largest restaurant to-date. The chosen location was Spitalfields Market, London.
TAG was set the challenge to create a space that would be just at home serving their famous brunch as well as evening meals and new sharing plates, by incorporating a sense of theatre with all cooking happening in the main restaurant dining space.
The resulting design includes a full front-of-house kitchen with a bespoke pizza oven and chef’s table, uninterrupted views of a Charvet cooking range, a multi-function bar and a back-of-house preparation kitchen. It also includes an outside coffee bar and salad counter to capitalise on passing trade.
As it was a budget-conscious move, TAG utilised the existing restaurant infrastructure, whilst re-using equipment including completely refurbishing the Charvet range.
Despite the tight budget, a huge amount has been achieved to create a restaurant that means Brother Marcus isn’t growing up; they have grown up!
Studley Castle Hotel (Project Management Excellence category)
Studley Castle is a Grade II* listed building set in 28 acres of countryside in Warwickshire and is part of Warner Leisure Hotels. In 2016, they embarked on an ambitious £50m refurbishment project including a new link building between the stables and original house with catering facilities required to all areas. It would be Warner’s new and first, purpose-built hotel in almost 20 years.
TAG was appointed by Warner in the autumn of 2018, only six months before completion, to provide eight new bespoke catering facilities including four bars, three kitchens and 1 servery to accommodate 500 covers in the main Market Kitchen Cabaret Restaurant.
Directly employed by Warner Leisure Hotels, TAG had to work closely with the principal contractor BAM Construction, M&E consultants and three interior designs. This included working in challenging, construction site conditions with a lack of highway infrastructure that required complex delivery and consolidation phasing programs.
TAG further supported the standardisation of drawings and specification, suggesting efficiency and customer experience improvements, whilst meeting the needs of the M&E infrastructure.
As a result of an exemplary project management process, Studley Castle was able to open with fully operational food and beverage facilities to delight their guests.