The Hospitality Guild had a clear vision – to create a multi-purpose training environment that could support and deliver a wide variety of industry training. Claremont’s brief was to refurbish the 15,000 sq ft former office and turn it into a flexible space that could provide real-life learning in a working bar, operational kitchen, cook stations, cellar and restaurant, supported by office space and training rooms for the youth skills programme.
The space also required a large digital platform to enhance the learning experience and open up the training provision to the Guild’s global members.
Flexibility is at the heart of this space, with movable training cook stations and furniture working in tandem with partition walls to allow the 15,000 sq ft space to be configured in a variety of ways. Even with this focus on flexibility, the design uses clearly distinguishable spaces to support different training and equipment needs for disciplines as varied as food preparation to drinks serving, silver-service and cellar work.
State of the art, £250k audio visual technology has added another stand-out element and allows training to be streamed via the internet and for trainers to provide tuition remotely.
Claremont provided the full design and build package for this two-storey building and managed a complex delivery programme, liaising with a variety of specialist installers and suppliers. More than £31k of in-kind support was also generated by Claremont’s supply chain spanning furniture, equipment and materials.