National Bakery School, London South Bank University

Type: Refurbishment
Value: £1.1m
Duration: 16 weeks

Prestigious project to refurbish the oldest bakery school in the world ahead of its 120th anniversary celebrations.

The National Bakery School at London South Bank University needed a fast-track programme to reinvigorate its look ahead of its 120th anniversary celebrations.

16-week programme entailed the strip-out of the school’s facilities, alterations to create a lecture theatre connected with one of the bakery rooms, and a new sliding wall for flexible use.

All teaching areas were re-fitted with new services, finishes and state-of-the-art bakery facilities and equipment. This included the new lecture theatre, two bakery rooms with proving ovens, baking ovens, work benches and mixers; three practical study rooms dedicated to bread products, the art of chocolate making, and confectionery making; and supporting offices and welfare areas.

The specialist services and catering equipment required careful coordination of installation and our team of in-house technical support managers were invaluable to achieving this.

At the entrance, new glazed shop front doors were installed, the entrance canopy re-clad, and new pavers laid externally. The founding millstone was refurbished and moved outside, to give the school a contemporary and welcoming entrance.

Firmly establishing the National Bakery School as one of the foremost teaching centres for bakers in England, the new look facilities were ready in time for its autumn cohort of students and anniversary celebrations.