A SOUTH Tyneside family firm is feeling top of the class after revamping a North-East university.
Restaurant Design Associates (RDA), based at Monkton Business Park, Hebburn, were appointed by Northumbria University to provide a completely new look for Castles Restaurant, one of its main dining spaces for students, staff and visitors.
The borough firm, which has recently secured a number of education contracts, brought a new concept to the restaurant, based within the Ellison Building in Newcastle city centre.
The 200-seat capacity restaurant in the city campus sees up to 8,000 people pass through its doors each month during term-time.
RDA, which specialises in the catering, hospitality and retail industries, provided a turnkey operation, including design, procurement and installation as part of a major revamp of the ageing facility. The project is the latest commercial coup for the Hebburn family firm, which was established by directors Roy and Judith Addyman in 2007.
The couple turned over £1m in their first year of business, and have since rapidly acquired a range of contracts across the UK, including a continually-growing presence in the higher education sector.
Stephen Rochester, RDA project manager, said: “Today’s students, many of whom have large loans, look for high quality and value in all areas of their university life, including their catering facilities, and we have a team who are highly experienced in bringing design ideas for university campuses to life.
“At Castles Restaurant, which is such a busy destination throughout the year, we knew the importance of delivering a bright, airy, modern, inviting environment for students to spend time in, and we’re thrilled to see our vision come to fruition.”
RDA also recently completed work at Coventry University, where the team installed Costa Coffee and Starbucks outlets, and the firm is currently working on a range of university catering projects across the UK.