Middlesbrough Town Hall Capital Redevelopment Project Handover

Middlesbrough Town Hall Capital Redevelopment Project Handover

Middlesbrough Town Hall has been handed back and is looking stunning, as can be seen  in the below video.

We are delighted to have been involved with this exciting project. For further details as to how Montfort Catering Consultants has supported Middlesbrough Town Hall with developing the new café and bar spaces, including developing a catering feasibility, business planning and future catering partner model, click here.

Video: https://www.middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk/history/

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Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon, based at One Glass Wharf within the Temple Quay area of Bristol, is a leading UK law firm offering a full service to corporate clients, private clients and the public sector. This prominent waterfront location and stunning building, designed by Stride Treglown, provides six storeys of accommodation and includes a contemporary employee restaurant and coffee bar. In addition to the employee dining, there is an extensive delivered hospitality service, providing beverage trays and working lunches as well as catering for events, conferences and private dining. There are approximately 750 employees based at One Glass Wharf.

We have supported Burges Salmon with specialist foodservice advice since 2012. Our current commission in early 2018 has encompassed an operational and financial review of the onsite catering services.

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The Brewery Arts Centre

Brewery Arts Centre exteriorThe Brewery Arts Centre

The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal is a thriving and dynamic arts organisation with over forty years experience of delivering an exciting and inspirational programme, including artistic events, festivals and creative learning courses. The venue is a beautiful historic building set against the backdrop of the picturesque market town of Kendal.

The artistic programme at this fantastic arts centre includes theatre and dance, comedy and spoken word, live music, exhibitions and cinema.

Brewery Arts Centre Cafe

The Brewery Arts Centre host five major festivals a year, including the internationally renowned Kendal Mountain Festival. They were also awarded ‘Venue of the Year 2017’ by Cumbria Life Culture.

The Vats bar and Grainstore Restaurant is a bright buzzy environment serving light bites as well as being a long established hotspot for pizzas. A newly introduced menu including extensive burgers further celebrates some of the finest beef and pork available from local, Cumbrian farms. Delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes are a further feature of this popular menu.

Brewery Arts Centre interior

The Warehouse Café offers home baked cakes, great coffee and seasonal light meals and snacks.

Montfort Catering Consultants have been supporting The Brewery Arts Centre with the search and appointment of their new catering partner. This has included specialist support assessing the returned catering tenders, caterer interviews and meetings as well as developing the Heads of Terms and supporting with negotiation. A new catering partner is now in situ and in the process of developing further exciting food and drink initiatives for this great venue.

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Horniman Museum and Garden Café of the Month, Association for Cultural Enterprises

Horniman Museum and Garden Café of the Month, Association for Cultural Enterprises

Congratulations to Anthony and all of the team at the Horniman Museum and Gardens Cafe for being awarded Café of the Month (December) by the Association for Cultural Enterprises.

We have been working with the team over the last six years, and are delighted to have supported them with this fantastic achievement. For further details, see below screenshot from ACE and click on the following link to see the Horniman case study.

Credit: Association for Cultural Enterprises’ website, December 2017.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Rather than sending Christmas cards this year we have once again decided to make a charitable donation to York Special Care Baby Unit.

We have really enjoyed working with all of the varied organisations across the year, and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and look forward to seeing you all next year.

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The Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Stephen Joseph Theatre is a producing theatre in the resort town of Scarborough North Yorkshire, founded in 1955. It is most notable for its long association with Alan Ayckbourn, an Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright and their former artistic director. This relationship continues to this day, with the theatre typically staging one revival and one new production both directed by Alan each year along with 4 – 6 other produced shows and mixed program of other work.

Housed within a 1930’s art deco building, there are two auditoria, the 404 seat Round Theatre, and the 165 seat McCarthy theatre/cinema.

Montfort Catering Consultants has been working with the Stephen Joseph Theatre, undertaking a feasibility study to determine future potential food and beverage opportunities to be provided at the theatre. This has included undertaking a detailed environmental analysis, determining the future catering demand and financial potential along with developing concept options and recommendations as well as future governance and management model.

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Tender opportunity: The Geffrye Museum, Hoxton, East London

Tender opportunity: The Geffrye Museum, Hoxton, East London

The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton, East London, is looking for caterers, cafe and restaurant operators interested in working in partnership to provide cafe and events services within the redeveloped museum (due to reopen in 2019/20).

Tender opportunity: The Geffrye Museum, Hoxton, East London

We welcome creative ideas that will complement our museum visitor’s needs and create a vibrant offer that will be a destination in its own right.

To express an interest in this opportunity and receive further details including full tender requirements, please contact Paul Smith at Montfort Consultants: paul@montfortconsultants.com.

Closing date for the return of tender proposals 8 December 2017.

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Black Country Living Museum – Forging Ahead

Black Country Living Museum – Forging Ahead

For more than 35 years Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) has sought to conserve and celebrate the buildings, traditions and people, which gave the world its first industrial landscape. On its 26 acre site in Dudley, West Midlands, original structures and landscape features from the Black Country’s industrial past (lime kilns, two coal shafts and the canal arm), have been augmented by the addition of over 50 reconstructed shops, houses and workshops and 100 heritage items. It is one of the most extraordinary open-air museums in the UK.

Working industrial exhibits and demonstrations of small scale manufacturing offer a full sensory immersion so that visitors can see, hear, taste, feel, smell, and join in 300 years of Black Country history.

Black Country Living Museum currently attracts in the region of 300,000 visitors a year.

BCLM: Forging Ahead is phase one of a 40-year master plan to create a world class heritage attraction in the heart of the Black Country.

This exciting £21.7m project will see the creation of a new historic development focusing on the 1940s – 60s, the construction of a new visitor centre and car park, and the creation of a new Learning Centre.

The development will feature a working library, shops, NHS clinic, a bowling green as well as a number of food and drink outlets that will be in keeping with the historic setting and complement the overall interpretive experience of the visit. Specifics are still to be confirmed although additional visitor catering could include a café within the new visitor centre, a recreated corner pub, a Civic Restaurant, Ambrose Dairy, Pork Butchers as well as additional pop up visitor catering outlets.

Montfort Catering Consultants are very excited to be working with the Black Country Living Museum undertaking a market analysis, identifying opportunities and developing the future visitor catering strategy, as well as supporting with the development of the financial business case for this fantastic project.

 

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Tender opportunity: Limelight catering partner required

Tender opportunity: Limelight catering partner required

Published on thecaterer.com 29th August 2017.

Tender opportunity: Limelight catering partner requiredLimelight is Trafford Housing Trust’s (THT) flagship, community health and well-being hub, currently being built in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester.

THT wish to appoint an experienced and successful catering partner to manage their new café and related catering service at Limelight.

Limelight will offer a range of services delivered by THT, its partners and anchor tenants. The offer will include 81 Extra Care apartments for rent and shared ownership, a primary healthcare hub, including two GP surgeries, multi-purpose meeting and event spaces, a library, a pharmacy, an opticians, a nursery, a hairdressers and beauty offer, sports facilities and a community café.

The Limelight Café will be a destination, not only for Limelight residents and the Old Trafford community, but also for residents in the wider Trafford and Manchester area.

The future catering partner will need to be a dynamic, experienced and ambitious company that is imaginative and flexible and able to work to a partnership model.

For further details, including a full brief, please email our catering consultant, Paul Smith at Montfort Catering Consultants paul@montfortconsultants.com. The deadline for submission of initial expressions of interest is Friday 22 September 2017.

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Tender opportunity: The Eastlands Trust – The HSBC UK National Cycling Centre & The National Squash Centre

Tender opportunity: The Eastlands Trust – The HSBC UK National Cycling Centre & The National Squash Centre

Published on thecaterer.com 1st August 2017.

The Eastlands Trust is responsible for managing prime sporting venues on behalf of Manchester City Council.

The Trust wishes to appoint an experienced and successful catering partner to assist in the further development of its catering operations at two of its sites: The HSBC UK National Cycling Centre (NCC) and the National Squash Centre (NSC).

As well as cafes at each of the venues there is a requirement for a full range of buffets and refreshments to several meeting rooms hired out to corporate clients and partners. For major events a number of bars and food outlets are provided along the spectator concourse, complemented by a range of vending machines. The Trust also works with a range of commercial caterers to further support other catering requirements including VIP hospitality.

The future catering partner will need to be a dynamic, experienced and ambitious company, which is imaginative, and flexible and able to work to a partnership model.

For further details including a full brief, please email our catering consultant, Paul Smith at Montfort Catering Consultants paul@montfortconsultants.com. The deadline for submission of initial expressions of interest is Friday, 1 September 2017.

 

 

 

 

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Opening Date For The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

Opening Date For The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

Northumberland National Park Authority has confirmed its £14.8m state-of the-art visitor centre will officially open to the public on Saturday 29th July 2017. The public opening is taking place during National Parks Week, an annual celebration of Britain’s 15 National Parks.

The Sill is the UK’s first National Landscape Discovery Centre and the result of an innovative partnership between Northumberland National Park Authority and YHA (England and Wales).

Located in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site and within Northumberland National Park the building sits sympathetically in the landscape and is at the forefront of sustainable design.

The Sill: National Discovery Centre features fixed and temporary exhibitions focusing on landscape, culture and heritage, several learning and event spaces, a 90 seater café showcasing local produce, a world-class Youth Hostel, a rural business hub to house and support new and emerging rural enterprises, a shop with local produce, arts and crafts, a tourist information service and a fully accessible Whin Sill grassland roof, planted to replicate the unique natural grassland of the surrounding area.

Appointed by Northumberland National Park Authority Montfort Catering Consultants have been working with the project team to develop the visitor café concept and business potential. To see more about this exciting project and our involvement click here.

Image: Northumberland National Park Authority

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Z-arts Café – Capital Project Development Planning

Z-arts Café – Capital Project Development Planning

Z-arts facade

Z-arts is Manchester’s dedicated venue for children, families and friends, with a mission to inspire and enable generations of young people from across Manchester and beyond to utilise their creativity to maximise their potential.

Z-arts run 18 different weekly participatory classes in all art forms for children aged 0-13 in their artistic hub which houses a 230 seat theatre, gallery, music room, dance studio and various activity rooms as well as a busy café.

The iconic Edwardian building was redeveloped as a multi-purpose arts centre in 2002 and the organisation has recently shifted its emphasis to become Manchester’s venue for children and families. As such, the aim is to make some improvements to the building to better serve the needs of visitors and make a more family friendly environment with a more light and airy feel to the café, reception and gallery areas.

Montfort Catering Consultants have recently been supporting Z-arts determine outline considerations for the future food and beverage operation within a redeveloped building. Specifically this has included defining the most appropriate operation to initially support a funding application as well as acting as a guide for the design planning. Specifically we have supported with:

  • Determining the future aspirations and objectives for the café.
  • Assessment of market requirements and environmental factors.
  • Future demand, financial potential and business case, benchmarked against a wide range of comparable organisations.
  • Food and beverage requirements/considerations.
  • Outline conceptual style and operating parameters.

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Sotheby’s – Gallery 1 & 2 Coffee Bar

Sotheby’s – Gallery 1 & 2 Coffee Bar

Sotheby’s is located in the heart of London’s Mayfair district on New Bond Street. Sotheby’s auctions offer an extraordinary diversity of objects and works of art from Impressionist & Modern Art and Contemporary Art to Old Master Paintings, 19th Century European Art and Islamic Art, as well as Decorative Art from porcelain and silver to French & English furniture amongst others.

Montfort Catering Consultants have recently been supporting Sotheby’s, providing assistance and specialist catering consultancy advice to increase patronage of their newly opened Gallery 1 & 2 Coffee Bar.

Our initial work has included undertaking a high level operational review of Gallery 1 & 2 Coffee Bar, including menu style & relevance, quality & value for money, staffing & service style, internal signage, marketing, merchandising & branding and general layout observations. In addition, we considered the appropriateness of existing marketing and communications channels along with identifying additional and alternative approaches to marketing and communications.

The detailed recommendations have been well received and are in the process of being implemented.

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University of Greenwich – Catering Tender Support

University of Greenwich – Catering Tender Support

The University of Greenwich is one of the most respected, high quality universities in London and Kent, with a proud tradition that dates back more than 125 years.

The university has three outstanding campuses and a heritage of world-class research and technological innovation. It is home to a diverse and talented community of more than 21,000 students, with a further 2,540 staff.

The university’s campuses in south east London and Kent all offer modern, hi-tech facilities within magnificent and historic settings.

  • The largest campus is centred on the Old Royal Naval College in Royal Greenwich, at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage, sited on the banks of the River Thames and next to Greenwich Royal Park.
  • The Avery Hill Camus in Eltham enjoys a parkland setting combining the grace of a Victorian mansion with modern living and teaching facilities.
  • The Medway Campus features redbrick Edwardian buildings in Chatham Maritime, Kent.

The catering outlets on campus provide a range of food offers, incorporating main meals, deli and salad bars, food to go, sandwiches, snacks and quality hot and cold beverages. Across the campus there are currently seven retail catering and dining student and staff outlets, some of which are also open to the public.

In addition, there is a very busy hospitality requirement across the campus, providing for internal and external meetings, events, conferences, functions, as well as formal dining. Summer schools are a further important market and income stream.

University of Greenwich continues to invest significantly in its estate and in 2018 the Dreadnought building, located on the Greenwich Campus, will open following complete refurbishment. The ground floor will include a further catering outlet, providing in the region of 250 seats for dining. In addition, the basement will house a Student Union bar and dining space.

Additional consideration is also being given to introducing a catered hall meal plan within one of the university’s more recently newly built halls of residence.

Montfort Consultants has recently supported University of Greenwich undertake a full catering tender exercise across all of their catering operations.

University of Greenwich    Old Royal Naval College    University of Greenwich

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The Lake District National Park Authority – Brockhole on Windermere

The Lake District National Park Authority – Brockhole on Windermere

Brockhole on WindermereBrockhole on Windermere is owned and managed by The Lake District National Park Authority, England’s largest National Park. The Brockhole house and grounds cover an area of 30 acres, with 10 acres of formal gardens. The terrace enjoys a beautiful view of the Langdale Pikes and stunning Windermere lakeshore.

Brockhole attracts in the region of 360,000 visitors per year.

Activities at Brockhole Visitor Centre include archery, boat hire, bike hire, mini golf, pony rides, all weather play, adventure playground, exhibitions, trails and orienteering, Treetop Nets and Treetop Trek. Brockhole is also available to hire for weddings, parties and groups. You can even travel to Brockhole by steamer!

As well as all of the activities there is a shop and visitor catering including Visitor Café, Lakeshore Cabin and Brockhole Bites.

Brockhole on WindermereWe have very recently undertaken a critical review of the existing visitor catering offer along with providing detailed recommendations to ensure that it supports in providing the best possible visitor experience along with the optimum financial return to the Lake District National Park Authority. As well as focusing on the existing operations, the project also included key elements to be used in the planning process for potential capital investment options for the site. In summary this project has included:

  • Catering operational review, including SWOT analysis
  • Market analysis including visitor profiling, national research & trends
  • Feasibility for additional visitor catering facilities
  • Identification of key visitor catering opportunities & recommendations
  • Benchmarking, financial potential & visitor peak seat requirement
  • Detailed management structure, staffing review & development

To see case studies of our work at other outdoor attractions and open spaces see:

Chester Zoo
Heaton Park, Manchester
The Sill Landscape Discovery Centre, Northumberland National Park Authority
Horniman Museum & Gardens
Hampshire County Council Country Parks
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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