We look at how Shine Catering Systems showcased its kitchen, design, manufacture and install credentials to deliver stunning catering facilities at the prestigious redevelopment of Cardiff’s Parkgate Hotel.

The Parkgate Hotel is described as Cardiff’s finest new luxury hotel. The refurbishment of the property offers 170 bedrooms, a restaurant and bar, plus a tea lounge and rooftop spa.

The hotel opened after a two-year refurbishment project which included a complex design and build of kitchen facilities by Shine Catering Systems, working closely with Celtic Collections’ Group Culinary Director, Peter Fuchs. 

Shine offered an end-to-end solution including concept and design, project management, manufacturing, fabrication, installation and aftercare. 

Project challenges

Recognising the individuality of each project, Shine worked collaboratively to design an innovative solution that would overcome the restraints of the historic building. 

Key to this success is the close relationship between Shine and its manufacturer partners. Shine works with suppliers throughout the process, even collaborating on project training and warranty provision. Delivering benefits for all parties and opening routes to market for manufacturers. 

Peter Fuchs said: “I have worked with Shine for years and I knew the quality I could expect. They worked tirelessly to develop unique designs that suited the characteristics of the historic building.”

Julian Shine, MD of Shine Catering Systems, said: “Working closely with manufacturers, we designed a single flow through the facility from goods received, through to the double-sided holding facility, which reduces the risk of cross-contamination and ensures a smooth kitchen flow. It’s an innovative design which overcomes the constraints of the building.”

A solution for kitchen design, manufacture and installation

The kitchens include a number of market-leading brands. Shine provided bespoke fabrication, servery counters, ventilation systems and ventilated ceilings. 

As with all of Shine’s projects, sustainability has also been considered. Every point that could have been achieved from the kitchen under BREEAM classification has been achieved. 

In addition, all internal walls within the kitchen facilities were provided to food-safe cold-room specification. This ensured a more efficient build process and enables temperature control in prep and hot kitchen areas. 

Front of house expertise 

Seamless design co-ordination between Shine and its partners was required in developing the bars and buffet areas. The pre-event bar, main and restaurant bars all consisted of Shine’s own stainless steel bar systems, complemented by the equipment of specialist manufacturers.

Added-value services

Julian added: “The collaboration does not stop once the product is installed. I’m a big believer that we need to work in partnership to deliver an enhanced, added-value service, encompassing product training and warranties. At Parkgate Hotel we offered a training programme, including attendance from specialist manufacturers. Health and Safety procedures and cleaning instructions were also on the agenda.”