Ludlow Assembly Rooms – Concept Definition & Catering Tender

Ludlow Assembly Rooms – Concept Definition & Catering Tender

Ludlow Assembly Rooms (LAR) is an independent charity providing a mixed arts programme and community centre for the population of Ludlow and surrounding areas.

LAR opened its doors in May 1993 in the restored and updated buildings of the former Assembly Rooms, dating from 1840. Since then the programme has expanded beyond all expectations, and there is now a film or live event almost every night of the year. The building is very popular and well used, with an estimated footfall of 200,000 per year.

Ludlow Assembly Rooms is embarking on a £2 million transformation project. The planned refurbishment will transform the venue, including a new café bar, box office and visitor information centre, tiered seating in the auditorium (c. 300), a second screening room, and a flexible meeting/ rehearsal space. In addition, a new lift will make the building more accessible, with photovoltaics to the roof helping to reduce energy usage.

The reopening of the redeveloped building is programmed for spring 2019.

Ludlow Assembly RoomsMontfort Catering Consultants are very excited to once again be working with Ludlow Assembly Rooms as well as Lyndon Goode Architects. Our scope on this occasion includes supporting with defining the future concept for the new café bar and undertaking a competitive catering tender to appoint a catering partner to manage the café bar as well as event spaces. Further, working with our catering design partner we are supporting with the development of the design elements for the café bar, kitchen and related areas.

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Tender opportunity: Arnos Vale, Bristol

Tender opportunity: Arnos Vale, Bristol

Arnos Vale is a national heritage site located in the heart of Bristol.

Arnos Vale is home to an established café and events business featuring three stunning venues onsite, also hosting regular weddings.

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust is inviting proposals from experienced event caterers and café operators interested in working in partnership to manage and develop their growing café and catering event services.

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

The closing date for the return of proposals is 29 June 2018 Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW.

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Biopharmaceutical Company – Employee Catering & Hospitality Tender

Biopharmaceutical Company – Employee Catering & Hospitality Tender

We have recently undertaken a high profile catering tender for employee dining and hospitality services of a very well known biopharmaceutical company.

Our initial project in 2013 involved supporting this large and rapidly expanding company with their first foray into providing an on-site staff catering facility at their International Head Quarters. Following this we undertook a full catering tender exercise to appoint an appropriate partner.

We were then asked to develop a further full catering strategy and catering tender for an additional new build office.

Furthermore, we supported with a mid contract catering and financial review.

For further details of our prior projects, see Case Study.

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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.

Published by: The Caterer

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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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