Case Study: St George in the East, London

One of six striking Hawksmoor churches in London, St George in the East needed a new kitchen that could match the church’s outer beauty.

The domestic-type kitchen on site dated back to the mid-20th century, potentially even to St George’s post-war refurbishment in 1964, when a modern interior was constructed to replace the original fittings that were completely destroyed during the Blitz.

Interesting history aside, the kitchen was looking decidedly more ‘dated’ than ‘retro’ and could no longer cope with the church’s busy schedule. As such, Fiona Lawrence and the rest of the committee at St George in the East drafted in Steelplan Kitchens to bring the space up to date.

The Brief

The kitchen had to be easy to use but robust enough to hold up under frequent wear and tear. As extending the building was not an option, it also had to be confined to the existing kitchen space.

Decision making

"Everyone at the Church was getting sick of the ratty kitchen we had," says Fiona, "and it really was long overdue for a refurbishment. We hold various events and initiatives from the kitchen and it just couldn’t cope with the wear and tear any longer." The committee started to shop around for options that had the robust nature of a steel kitchen without the clinical, institutional feel of a fully commercial model. They discovered Steelplan Kitchens semi-commercial option, and decided to go ahead with their quote. "Although it wasn’t as cheap as a domestic kitchen," explains Fiona, "it was well worth the expense. Not only is very hard wearing, but it's flexible: as it isn't fully 'built-in' like a timber kitchen, it can be moved around or even removed and refitted if we needed to renovate in the future."

Steelplan’s solution

Storage: Steelplan powder coated steel base and wall units in Horizon blue. Integrated under-counter fridge and freezer.

Food prep: Made to measure stainless steel worktops, with a mix of stainless steel and easy to clean UPVC splash backs above all worktops. A work table in front of the window and radiator was also added to give more food preparation space.

Wet area: A sink and drainer seamlessly welded into the stainless steel worktops, with a new under counter water boiler to allow for instant hot water straight from the tap.

Dishwasher: A relatively new free-standing dishwasher was already on site, and accommodated into the kitchen plan

Cooking: Space was allocated for two under-counter ovens, an electric hotplate hob and extractor canopies, bought separately.

Final layout

The New kitchen

Fiona, the committee and the congregation were delighted with the result. "It's so easy to clean and sturdy," says Fiona. "Although we don't hire the kitchen out to visitors, it will be put through its paces by the team here. It's particularly great for our community project, Meals on Heels, and our monthly open table event that we host for the congregation and users of our food bank."

Summary

The Church
St George in the East, one of London's six 18th century Hawksmoor churches

The Kitchen
A domestic model that dated back to the 1960’s

The project
To update the existing space with a new, robust kitchen that still looked in keeping with the church.

Steelplan's solution
Storage: Steelplan Powder coated steel base and wall units in Horizon blue, integrated under-counter fridge and freezer.

Food prep: Stainless Steel Worktops, mix of stainless steel and UPVC splash backs, work table in front of the window and radiator.

Wet area: Fully integrated sink and drainer, under counter water boiler.

Dishwasher: Existing free-standing dishwasher accommodated into the kitchen plan.

Cooking: Two under counter ovens, an electric hotplate hob and extractor canopies, bought separately and incorporated into the space.



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