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Cafe for new European HQ

Cafe for new European HQ

Quality Equipment Distributors (QED), based in Glasgow, is a leading UK designer and supplier of modular bar, coffee shop and food service equipment.

The company has recently completed the design and installation of a modular coffee shop and additional kitchen equipment at a company’s new European headquarters in Glasgow.

An important part of the company’s plans for the new premises was the design and installation of a kitchen, coffee shop and snack bar to cater for management, staff and visitors to the building.

As the manager explains:

‘We wanted a modular system that was as good as a custom-built solution at a reasonable price, and were fortunate to receive the ideal proposal from QED. An important consideration from us was the use of a rustic, natural wood finish for the fascia of the counters, which would be in harmony with our organic principles.

‘Robert Campbell and his team worked very closely with us to come up with a design specification and CAD drawing that was true to our vision, and the end result is both stylish and practical.’

The equipment that QED supplied is from their exclusive Continental Coffee Shop System. It includes a drop-in patisserie counter with front and rear sliding doors for serve-over and self-service operation, together with matching bar modules. The units are clad in distressed, reclaimed wood with granite and wooden worktops.

Behind the counters, QED has installed a compact kitchen facility that includes stainless steel sinks, worktops, a dishwasher and coffee machine. A special feature of the kitchen area is an Eau de Vie Multitap drinking water system, which dispenses filtered, chilled still or sparkling water, together with hot water for hot drinks, all from one easy-to-operate tap.

As the company’s manager emphasises:

‘The kitchen and coffee shop is not simply a place for people to eat and drink. It also serves as a useful space for ad hoc and relaxed meetings, where ideas can be discussed and developed in less formal surroundings than in the office environment. To this end, we are very satisfied with the facility that QED has helped us to create.’

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