The British Library, the 2nd largest Library in the world with over 150 million items, needed to reconfigure its Catering Facilities for its Office Staff. Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment Ltd was engaged to re-site the Staff Catering Area to the 3rd Floor and equip a Members’ Bar on the 2nd Floor.
Access for equipment to the new Staff Catering area could only be attained after the Library had closed and was reached through the Members’ Reading Room. This necessitated protective corridors of access being constructed each evening and then removed the following morning.
Gratte Brothers provided specialist servery counters designed by the project Architect and installed all new kitchen appliances and connections. The Members’ Bar received retrofitted under counters and hot water appliances with a small function kitchen.
The Library is a Grade I listed property, this protection includes parts of the fabric of the building. Our works had to be installed in consultation with the project Architect to avoid affecting the listed finishes. Gratte Brothers employ experienced personnel to ensure the required quality of sensitive projects is met, especially when clients require alternative parameters of working hours.
This project was completed on time, on budget and to a high standard, which has produced further works with The British Library.