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Even a small kitchen can be well planned & kitted out!

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Corroded Chinese Wok Range

Chinese restaurants & takeaways often have custom built Wok Cooking Ranges. In these ranges there are a number of Woks which sit on water cooled tubes which house the fierce open gas flames. Tower recently had to repair one in the Leicester area.

Leicester Racecourse Kitchen INstall

In conjunction with Crocodile Catering Tower recently installed a new kitchen at Leicester Racecourse. The kitchen included equipment from Lincat, ChefQuip, Polar and bespoke fabricated tables and canopy.

Leicester Racecourse Kitchen INstallNew kitchen installRacecourse Kitchen - Leicester

San Carlo, Granby Street Leicester, a high class Italian restaurant recently needed an upgrade to their gas supply to give a better flow of gas to their well used equipment.

To avoid disruption to their daily operations the work was performed, by a Tower Gas Safe Registered Engineer, in the early morning (starting at 4.00am). It involved moving from a 1/2″ main to a 1″ main and the fitting of an electrical gas solenoid ECV (Emergency Control Valve) linked to the stop switch.

Definition: An ECV provides a safety feature allowing someone evacuating the premises in an emergency to simply punch a button to cut off all gas supply to the facility. An ECV is fitted in addition to the mandatory manual Off Lever which also cuts the supply.

Registered Gas Engineer June 2013Gas Safe Register has published figures (Registered Gas Engineer, June 2013) showing an increase in inspections / investigations compared to the previous registration body (Corgi). Note: The figures quoted are primarily based on the domestic market (rather than the commercial market).

A key point is that Gas Safe are reportedly checking the quality of work, nationally, in greater numbers – 25% more annual inspections is a significant increase.

They are investigating:

  • illegal gas fitters
  • consumer complaints

The main focus of the Gas Safe Register is on improving and maintaining gas safety to the highest standards. To that end Gas Safe appear to have ‘more teeth’ than CORGI, who they’ve replaced, or they are simply using them more actively / effectively.

The impact on the confidence in engineers of the general public and trade clients is very positive. Knowing that there is an effective body checking on the standards of Gas Engineers provides increased confidence and raises the profile of properly registered engineers.

Gas Safe set minimum standards and it is always possible to exceed their standards – by doing this and by more rigorous enforcement legitimate engineers are able to thrive and cowboys are driven out of business or further underground.

One question remains though – Where are the numbers for the cowboy engineers who have been put out of business, fined or even put into goal as a result of the activities of Gas Safe?

GRANULDISK DiplomaTower Engineer, Paul Surman, recently completed the extensive training program in the installation, repair and servicing of GRANULDISK’s range of pot washing machines. The training took place at the manufacturers facility in Sweden and Tower are now approved and recommended by GRANULDISK to undertake warranty work on this type of equipment across Leicestershire / The Midlands.

Continuing Tower’s long-standing policy of working with innovative and market leading manufacturers of commercial catering equipment the technology behind the GRANULDISK equipment provides kitchens with a viable alternative to conventional potwashing solutions.

The range of equipment includes: Granule Smart, Granule Gastro, Granule Combi, Granule Flexi & Granule Maxi and covers the requirements of commercial kitchens from the small to the seriously large. The technology behind the range uses Granules (small, blue plastic pellets) and hot water to mechanically scrub pots and pans clean – and eliminates the need for pre-washing. The blasting power (of the granules) together with high temperature water washes pots and pans hygienically clean in a matter of minutes, using far less water, energy and chemicals than traditional pot washing methods.

 

 

 

Ventilation / Extraction

Pressure SteamerTower are very pleased to have been contracted to provide preventative maintenance and servicing for all of the kitchen equipment at a college in north Leicestershire.

Their asset register across the two on-site kitchens – a bistro and a restaurant – includes: ranges, cookers, dishwashers, glass washers, steamers, fryers, bain-maries, hot cupboard, carvery, light gantries, water softener, pressure pump set.

Tower Commercial Catering Ltd were selected because of the high quality of service provided and the cost effective package offered. Tower also met, and exceeded, all of the college’s certification and safety requirements.