Hebburn firm has designs on catering success

CATERING FACILITIES ... RDA design director Paul Hirst and the project he worked on for Hatfield College. Below, his work at Trevelyan College.
CATERING FACILITIES ... RDA design director Paul Hirst and the project he worked on for Hatfield College. Below, his work at Trevelyan College.

A FAMILY-run South Tyneside company is cooking up a storm in the world of design after completing a string of projects at a top UK university.

Hebburn-based Restaurant Design Associates (RDA) has been working with Durham University to design new catering areas.

The work was undertaken at two of its residential colleges - St Mary’s College and Trevelyan College.

It is the latest in a line of projects carried out by the company based at Monkton Business Park at the university since 2011.

New catering facilities have been designed at St Aidan’s College and Hatfield College.

Paul Hirst, design director at RDA, said: “At the heart of our brief was the determination to satisfy the desire to provide services and facilities that were cutting edge and future –proofed.

“We were employed not only to create state of the art designs and to advise on all aspects of new technology, customer flows and dwell times, but also to create the look and feel of high quality catering establishments that would enhance the user experience.

“Whilst the catering facilities adhere to the same high standard of rationalised equipment and facilities, the interior design aspect was carefully taken into consideration to ensure that each scheme had empathy with the age and history of each college.

“At Durham, each college has its own identity and character, so we were keen to reflect that sense of individuality in our designs too.

“We’re now in the process of installing our design at St Mary’s College and we’re looking forward to seeing diners benefit from their new facilities within such a central, sociable hub of college life.”

The college catering facilities are used by students, college guests and commercial guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner services as well as formal banquets and buffets.

The firm’s brief was to create a series of innovative designs for new kitchens, preparation areas, storage and production facilities and food serveries.

In addition to the college projects, RDA’s other work for Durham University includes the design of a catering area within Durham Business School, the design and installation of a new café at the Oriental Museum, and the revamp of a café within Palace Green’s library courtyard.

RDA was set up by directors Roy and Judith Addyman in 2007.

For information about RDA, visit www.rdalimited.co.uk or contact 0844 873 4993.

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