Prestigious Oxford University college project is top of the class for RDAWritten by Charlotte Gowers
RDA’s top-class experience in educational catering recently saw the North East based design and installation company transform the catering facilities at one of the UK’s most prestigious colleges – the University of Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall.
Lady Margaret Hall provides a vibrant academic community transforming the lives of hundreds of students. Its students enjoy all the benefits of a traditional Oxford education within a warm, open and informal environment.
The Litmus Partnership were engaged to design and specify the new catering facilities and they secured the contract to develop the design, and supply and install the new kitchen and servery facilities for the college.
Part of a major refurbishment to modernise its catering space, the project presented a number of challenges. RDA had to be sympathetic to the building’s listed status as well as working within the main contractor’s tight programme to deliver the facilities, ensuring the minimum disruption to the students’ education.
The result is a fresh and contemporary space which includes a new self-help service counter, a flexible solution for formal dining and the introduction of a new dedicated pastry section.
Joe Parfitt, Partner at The Litmus Partnership said: “Oxford College refurbishments demand attention to detail and flexibility to overcome the many quirks of both its buildings and catering services. RDA proved again they were a worthy partner to turn a design into reality”.
LMH Domestic Bursar added: “The results have transformed the experience for our students, staff and visitors, and RDA have helped create a first-class facility that we are all proud of”.
The project is part of RDA’s continued success in the independent school’s market, which includes University College School London and Collingwood College, Durham.
Note to Editors
RDA was founded in 2007 as a family business, over the last 10 years we have grown to be an industry leading and innovative, design and installation company with vast experience of working in the health-care, education and high street sectors.
We have grown to a turnover of £7.5m and 20 staff members, with a combined experience of over 120 years in the catering industry. Since RDA’s formation, we’ve received in the region of 1,700 enquiries and have completed 346 project installations.