The Cottage @ Fulham FC

Caterware Ltd

To work with Client Design Team consisting of Project Manager, Architect, Interior Designer, etc in order to provide an Open Kitchen & Ventilation Scheme within the conversion of the Iconic ‘Craven Cottage’ into a High End Luxury Hospitality Venue, within this historic and traditional Football Stadium.

Existing large Stand at one side of the stadium was being knocked down to create the new Riverside Stand & Pier Development over a period of the next two years, and The Club needed to have another high quality hospitality venue up and running to be able to relocate existing Hospitality customers whilst this was being done.

This was a Grade II listed building where we could not make any external changes and everything had to be approved by English Heritage. The area had no existing Extract/Ventilation and a complete ‘fume free’ system would need to be designed and installed.

Client and English Heritage required full consideration of low energy consumption, air extract qualities and as green as possible installation.

Kitchen needed to be:

  • Fully viewable from Dining & Hospitality Areas and to ‘blend’ in to the Venue space;
  • Able to provide pre, cooking and wash up facilities for up to 50 covers of Fine Dining or up to 100 person Bowl Buffet;
  • Meet the visual approvals from the Interior Designer.

Client Satisfaction

No complaints from anyone. Designed, Supplied, Installed within required tight time frame and end result has achieved everything the Client wanted it to do.

Also invited us to a full food and drinks inclusive party, 3 months after completion to celebrate the success of the Venue and thank us for the work we had done. We are now talking to them about many future developments within the Stadium.

Aimee Mckenzie, Operations & Venue Director, Fulham Football Club said:

“We engaged with Caterware to discuss the potential of creating a high end, exclusive fine dining match day and events facility within the existing iconic ‘Craven Cottage’ building. This building had never been used previously as a ‘Professional Foodservice’ area, and we were well aware that this process would provide certain challenges due to the building age, space constraints and Grade II listed building status.

“Also, the fact that we were demolishing the existing Riverside Stand in order to make way for our new ‘Fulham Pier’ project, meant that it was essential that this facility was to open for the first match of the 2019/2020 season, and that was not too far away.

“From the very start, we found their enthusiasm, dedication and proven experience of similar projects, was a wonderful asset to all our internal and external partners brought in to assist our developments in this area. They became a valuable part of this project, working together with our Consultants, internal Design and Project Teams and Contractors.

“The project was duly completed on time and within budget. The finished result is everything we had hoped for. It was noticed that Caterware had fully understood the brief and professionally delivered what we were looking for with care, customer service and attention to detail at the very heart of everything they did.

“Since this facility has become operational, we have received fantastic reviews and comments from all manner of UK and International visitors and guests, from inside and outside of the football world.

“We wish them all the best in terms of their ceda Awards entry, which has our full backing.”

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